Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

William JOhns: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
RSMAS, University of MIami 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL USA 33149
+1 305 421 4054

Departure: Jul 6, 2014


Arrival: Aug 1, 2014


Operations Area

North Atlantic range: 58-60deg N and 9-34deg W.
Lat/Lon: 58° 0.0′ N / 33° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 1200 / 3500
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? United Kingdom
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

This research is part of the U.S. led "Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP), an effort to determine the strength of the meridional overturning circulation and associated heat and freshwater fluxes in the subpolar North Atlantic.  It is a collaborative program with scientists from several nations, including the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Canada.  Scientists from the U.S., the U.K., and the Netherlands will participate in this cruise.

The specific objectives of this cruise are as follows:

  1. To deploy 20 current meter and sound source moorings along a line from west of the Reykjanes Ridge to the coast of Scotland. 
  2. To conduct standard CTD (Conductivity-Temperature-Depth) and Lowered ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) stations at selected sites along the same mooring line.
  3. To launch an array of acoustically tracked RAFOS floats at a number of sites near the mooring line.

Science Activities

In addition to the above, limited Seabeam surveying will be done to help site moorings along the eastern flank of the Reykjanes Ridge, between 58-59degN and 28-31degW.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1259398

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

SBE43 oxygen sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

Sci will need 10 cases of Salt Bottles and will need standards.

CTD-Related Equipment

Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (LADCP)

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)

MET Sensors

Barometric Pressure
Air temperature
Relative Humidity
Wind speed and direction
Short Wave Solar Radiation
Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation?no


Navigation Notes:


Other Portable Winch
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes: Science party will be supplying LEBUS mooring winch system
Foot print:

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Wire Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 
Science Van 1
Type/size: Rag Top Storage Van Location: main deck notch
Water: none Power:none

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: LEBUS double capstan traction
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? yes Details:
Will need more info on the tie down points of the LEBUS Winch.    Standard rack with Deck plates? 
Lauren and Leo are points of contact.  5/27.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices:no Portable Air Compressors:no Flammable Gases:no Small Boat Operations:no SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:
Lithium batteries for LADCP's.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Seabeam (light support)Other required equipment and special needs:
LADCP supplied by Dan Torres.  Supplying 2 unitls incl. 1 down facing.  - 5/27.
Science will need 2 Auto Sal's (salinometer) on board for this cruise - 5/27.   Students will be trained and run these.

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o TVG-Zimsen ehf
Korngardar 2
104 Reykjavik

Phone: 011 354 560 0700
Fax:  011 354 5600 780

24 Hour Mobile Service: 011 354 856 0701

**Email:  eca@tvg.is - Note: Please use this address for all email correspondence with the agent(s).

Primary Contact: Johann Bogason
Direct line: 011 354 856 0701
Email:  johann@tvg.is

Woods Hole

Chad Smith

Assistant Marine Operations Coordinator

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Office: (508)-289-3811

Mobile: (617)-999-4163

Email: csmith@whoi.edu


R/V Knorr - Dr. Bill Johns

C/O Chad Smith


266 Woods Hole Rd

Woods Hole, Ma


Customs 4455 due 2 week days prior to departure from WHOI
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Robb Hagg, Amy Simoneau
Shipping to WHOI:

R/V Knorr - Bill Johns
C/O Chad Smith
WHOI Shipping & Recieving
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, Ma
Loading in USA (WHOI)?  Drydock?  
Will have rag top staying on board for Pickart and OOI.  John Kemp is using this too.
Lebus winch will be shipped back to UK after this cruise.
Bill Johns will share a container with Kemp and PIckart sending gear from REYK. to WHOI.