Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Robert Pickart: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 359B, MS#21 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2858

Departure: Aug 3, 2014

Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrival: Sep 2, 2014

Reykjavik, Iceland

Operations Area

Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

This research is part of the 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, Canada and China. Scientists from the U.S., the U.K., and China will participate in this cruise.


The specific objectives of this cruise are as follows:


1.  To deploy 25 current meter and sound source moorings in the southern Labrador Sea and southwest Irminger Sea.

2.  To conduct CTD/LADCP transects in combination with the vessel-mounted ADCP.

3.  To launch acoustically tracked RAFOS floats at a number of sites near the mooring line.

Science Activities

In addition to the above, Seabeam surveying will be done to help site moorings along the west Greenland shelf/slope and the east Greenland shelf/slope

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Chief Scientist at sea and unavailable for Precruise meeting for the months prior to this cruise.


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 000000000

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 300 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use

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

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:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes: TSE Mooring Winch (Trask)
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: Flat Rack 1 (Loaded @ WHOI) Location: 02 Deck FWD
Water: Power:
Science Van 2
Type/size: Flat Rack 2 (Loaded @ WHOI) Location: 02 Deck FWD)
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
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:
TSE Winch & Deckplates

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. Science will need 2 Auto Sal's (salinometer) on board for this cruise

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:


Master R/V Knorr

Attn: Dr. Rovert Pickart

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).

Woods Hole

R/V Knorr

C/o Chad Smith

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd

Woods Hole, MA


Customs 4455 Form due prior ti Knorr's departure from WHOI
All AWB or BoL generated by shipping gear to the Knorr must be remitted to csmith@whoi.edu asap.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Robb Hagg, Nick Matthews
  • x5 40' Containers of Mooring supples to arrive for unloading. Contains mooring equipment from WHOI Mooring Group (Kemp)
  • Additional shipment originating in Canada to be loaded (Yet undefined) Details pending.
  • x2 Flatracks with Mooring buoys loaded in Woods Hole to be utilized.
  • Uk 'Dutch' Winch, to be offloaded
  • Winch Pool TSE winch to be replaced with Trask TSE Winch
Shore Crane Required