Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Lisa Beal: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL USA 33149
+1 305 421 4093

Departure: Apr 4, 2010

Cape Town

Arrival: Apr 24, 2010

Cape Town

Operations Area

Southwest Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of South Africa, near East London.
Lat/Lon: 34° 0.0′ S / 28° 0.0′ E
Depth Range: 50 / 5000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? South Africa
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

To monitor the volume transport of the Agulhas Current for three years off East London, South Africa. 

Science Activities

Deploy twelve moorings across the Agulhas Current: Seven full-depth current meter moorings over the continental slope, four C-PIES moorings at >4000 m depth, and one tide gauge in shallow water on the shelf.
Occupy 15-20 CTD stations along the mooring array.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Media personnel on board: Writer
Dallas Murphy is the author of narrative non-fiction book "To Follow the Water" about the Ocean and climate. He participated on Bob Pickart's cruise in the Irminger Sea last year. He will provide daily blogs for our experiment website during the cruise.


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 0850891

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz

CTD/Water Sampling

SBE43 oxygen sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors

Scripps I.O. ODF group will bring 12bttl x 10 ltr rosette for primary use

CTD-Related Equipment

Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (LADCP)

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment


MET Sensors

Barometric Pressure
Air temperature
Relative Humidity
Wind speed and direction


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation?yes


Mooring / TSE winch
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Wire Notes: Grad student will use the EM wire for small net tow sampling.

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: Moss Landing Mooring Winch
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? no

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?yes
Describe deployment method and quantity:
Lithium Batteries (30)
Inverted Echo sounders (5)
chems to be loaded on in Cape Town.  Hazmat inventory sheets to come.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:
For hydrography instrumentation: ODF will bring the following and use as primary.
- 12 x 10 ltr ctd rosette for primary use.
- O2 tirtration
- Salinometer
WHOI CTD / salinometer will be as back up.

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Aug 11, 2009
Date Approved: Nov 20, 2009
Agent Information:
Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o John T. Rennie & Sons
19th Floor, No 1 Thibault Square
Cape Town

Contact: Megan Gobey, Cell phone: 27 (83) 3833270
Phone: 27 21 419 8660
Fax: 27 21 413 0290
Email: cpt@rennies.co.za

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.   It is requested that shipment information of all equipment be communicated to the Agent and to WHOI contacts
South Africa - Cape Town
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
NEW 3/11/10:
10 millicuries of Nickle 63. Brett Kuyper is submittig authorization to WHOI RSO.

April 26, 2010. Sealed source did not meet WHOI authorization.  Swipe test to be preformed on source again.
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Amy Simoneau (f) Anton Zafereo (m)
2- 40 ft containers and 1 -20 ft container to be shipped to Cape Town.
Loading will take place April 2 & April 3rd.  Dep. April 4.

Mooring winch will be included in this shipment.

A production company based in Cape Town has followed up with LISA BEAL and they say they will conduct an interview on the dockside or fantail of the ship on the morning of April 3rd. S.African contact is Georgie Hatt-Cook <georgie.hattcook@googlemail.com>