Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Oceanus

Cruise Party

Don Anderson: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Redfield 3-32, MS#32 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2351

Dennis McGillicuddy: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Bigelow 209A, MS#11 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2683

Departure: May 1, 2010

Woods Hole

Arrival: May 10, 2010

Woods Hole

Operations Area

Cruise track will differ between cruises depending upon results and found areas of cell concentrations NA4
Lat/Lon: 40° 30.0′ N / 69° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 0 / 250
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Synoptic mapping of Alexandrium fundyense, hydrography, and velocity in the coastal current from Cape Cod to Georges Bank, Cape Cod to Bay of Fundy

Science Activities

CTD Casts, Drifter Deployments, water pumping

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: in person


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NOAA
Grant or contract number: NA06NOS4780245

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 75 kHz
Fume Hood

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Biospherical underwater PAR (1000m depth limit) with reference Surface PAR

Critical CTD Sensors

High Flow 10L Niskin Bottles Needed

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Salt Bottles (2 cases of 125 ml provided)

MET Sensors

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

Sample Storage

Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Storage Notes: 2 chest freezers in main Lab
Chemical storage


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


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

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: Berthing Van Location:
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? 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?noDescribe deployment method and quantity:
MSDS hard copies will be brought on board during mob.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:
Gas Powered Pump for pumping Water, hose to be lowered with CTD
We would like to request a second CTD/ Rosette for a backup
All Hazardous Materials will be removed by the science party at the end of the cruise
7 wire baskets needed for storage of pump hose and drifters
Wood bridge will be put between bench and fume hood in wet lab

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Jan 13, 2010
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Eric Benway
Phone: (508) 289-3770
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: ebenway@whoi.edu

Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Sean Guss
Anticipate loading Friday April 30th.
Science can move aboard and stay aboard Fri April 30th.