Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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KN223 - Long Core


R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Steven D'Hondt: Principal Investigator
South Ferry Road Narragansett, RI USA 02882
+1 401 874 6808

Richard Murray: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Boston University Earth & Environment 685 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA USA 02215
+1 617 353 6532

Robert Pockalny: Principal Investigator
Organization Name South Ferry Road Narragansett, RI USA 02882
+1 401 874 6926

Arthur Spivack: Principal Investigator
South Ferry Road Narragansett, Rhode Island USA 02882
+1 401 423 0063

Departure: Oct 25, 2014

Woods Hole

Arrival: Dec 2, 2014

Woods Hole

Operations Area

Western North Atlantic
Lat/Lon: 15° 45.0′ N / 51° 60.0′ W
Depth Range: 2200 / 3200
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

1. Constrain salinity and preformed nitrate of the North Atlantic across a wide range of waterdepths during the last glacial maximum

2. investigate the habitability and microbial communities of deep sediment and seawater in representative regions and sediment types in the western North Atlantic

Science Activities

Long piston coring, gravity coring multi-coring, CTD/Niskin operations; multibeam and 3.5 kHz mapping of sites; shipboard studies of interstitial water chemistry; shipboard core logging; shipboard sampling for geochemistry, microbiology, paleoceanography
*Departure delayed until October 27th 2014
*Return Date adjusted to December 3rd 2014

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI


  Core test
  Distance: 150
  Days: 1
  Latitude: 35° 40.0’ N
  Longitude: 65° 35.0’ W

  Station 1
  Distance: 1700
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 15° 45.0’ N
  Longitude: 52° 0.0’ W

  Station 2
  Distance: 250
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 14° 50.0’ N
  Longitude: 48° 0.0’ W

  Station 3
  Distance: 170
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 15° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 50° 25.0’ W

  Station 4
  Distance: 100
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 15° 0.0’ N
  Longitude: 49° 10.0’ W

  Station 5
  Distance: 60
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 15° 25.0’ N
  Longitude: 49° 50.0’ W

  Station 6
  Distance: 600
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 22° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 57° 0.0’ W

  Station 7
  Distance: 410
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 29° 0.0’ N
  Longitude: 58° 30.0’ W

Supporting documentation:

Notes: Sample Locations updated 10/22/14

Change summary: Test Site updated


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OCE-1433150

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Fume Hood
Towed Magnetometer

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Is there a need to receive data from shore on a regular basis?

CTD/Water Sampling

Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
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

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Dissolved Oxygen Titration System (Brinkmann Titrator)
Oxygen Sample Bottles (available in 150 ml sizes)
Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)

MET Sensors

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

Sediment Sampling

Gravity corers
Jumbo Long Corer
Piston corers

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
Freezer -20°C
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Storage Notes: Need as much cold storage as possible, particularly -70C
PRE CRUISE MEETING Science needs 50 cubic feet of -70C - or as close as we can provide.
Existing on board = 9.6 cu/ft.  (eb, 8/15).

Actual Freezer Space Aboard for KN223

Main Lab:

  • Upright -70 Freezer: 14 Cuft
  • Chest -70 Freezer: 25 cuft

Lower Lab

  • Small Chest -70 Freezer: 3.2 cuft
  • Small Chest -70 Freezer: 3.2 cuft

Science Cargo Hold

  • Small Chest -70 Freezer: 3.2 cuft

Items Not Required/Available


-Standard Piston Core (for back up)


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:


Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes: Need winches necessary for gravity coring, multi-coring, CTD operation and long coring
Wire Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

Portable Vans

Cold Storage Van
Isotope Van
Chemical Storage Van
Science Van 1
Type/size: Broda storage van Location: 02 deck
Water: Power:
Science Van 2
Type/size: chem van Location: 02 deck
Water: Power:
Science Van 3
Type/size: Broda tool van Location: main deck notch
Water: Power:
Science Van 4
Type/size: Broda cold van Location: 01 deck stbd
Water: Power:
Science Van 5
Type/size: OSU MST van Location: 01 deck port
Water: Power:yes

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:
Jim Broda / WHOI LONG CORE will bring all coring supplies and overboarding equipment.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: long core winch, level wind and vans
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:yes Small Boat Operations:no SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
coring, CTD/Niskin
Long CoreOther required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


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

Chad Smith - Woods Hole Oceanographic


R/V Knorr
C/O Chad Smith
266 Woods Hole Rd
Woods Hole, MA

International Waters
not required.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
8/15 - Pre cruise note:  Science is checking if stable enriched isotopes will be used.  May need UNOLS lab van or our Rad Van. (eb)

Rad Authorization Number: RM102014
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Ellen Roosen, Amy Simoneau
Oct 21 to Oct 24 = mobe at WHOI.  
Dec 3 & 4 = demobe at WHOI.

October 25th: Schedule shifted. Departure took place on October 27. Return ETA December 3rd.