Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis

Cruise Party

Robert Weller: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 204A, MS#29 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2508

Departure: Feb 12, 2015

Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrival: Mar 5, 2015

Woods Hole, MA

Operations Area

West of Southern Chile
Lat/Lon: 55° 0.0′ S / 90° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 4600 m / 5000 m
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? transit through Chilean waters
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

To carry out the first deployment of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) 55°S, 90°W Array, installing four moorings and up to five gliders.  The platforms will carry multidisciplinary instrumentation and provide the capability for real time communication of data and control of sampling.  A surface mooring will instrument the sea surface and upper ocean, capturing the surface forcing and upper ocean variability.  A profiling mooring will measure through the water column.  Two additional taut subsurface moorings and the gliders will complete the capabilities to obtain vertical profiles and sample the mesocale (10s to 100 km) variability at the site.

Science Activities

The following activities are planned:  1) Survey the bathymetry of the site to establish the positions for the four moorings of the first deployment and also the second set of four adjacent sites for the second deployment one year later;  2)  Deploy the four moorings; 3) Deploy gliders in support of horizontal and vertical sampling in and around the array;  and 4) Carry out shipboard sampling in support of calibration and validation of the deployed sensors on the moorings and gliders and to add to knowledge of the site.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI


  Station 1
  Distance: 613 nm
  Days: 11
  Latitude: 59° 58.8’ N
  Longitude: 39° 34.8’ E

  Station 2
  Distance: 613 nm
  Days: 11
  Latitude: 59° 58.8’ N
  Longitude: 39° 34.8’ E

  Southern Ocean Array
  Distance: 685
  Days: 17
  Latitude: 54° 12.0’ S
  Longitude: 89° 24.0’ W

Supporting documentation:

Notes: Uploaded Cruise Draft Plan Ver 1.3 //  January 6, 2015 (EB).


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OOI

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

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

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

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?no


Navigation Notes:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Mooring / TSE winch
Other Portable Winch
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Winch Notes: will bring Lebus winch, will use ship's capstan
will attach instruments to rosette for calibration, also acoustic releases to test in water

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Winch Notes: as above, testing and calibrating in conjunction with CTD

trawl winch/wire to launch anchors

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no
Science Van 1
Type/size: 20' lab van Location:
Water: Power:
Science Van 2
Type/size: Work van Location: O1
Water: Power:yes, 110V
Science Van 3
Type/size: open top for glass balls Location: 01
Water: Power:no

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: Lebus winch, air tuggers
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: yes Identify 100 amp 380-440 Lebus, 60 amp 220 TSE, 30 amp 110 deck carts
Equipment Handling: yes Identify: tip plate, anchor tracks, blocks - we will bring
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
compressed nitrogen
small amounts solvents, cleaners, paints

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
We will need to do mooring work whenever weather/sea state allow, aiming for daylight operations but may have to work at night.  Glider and CTD operations at night.Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
Date Approved: Nov 18, 2014
Agent Information:

Chile (Punta Arenas)

Primary Agent:
Vasile Tudoran Transport
819 Ohio Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90804

Contact: Vasile Tudoran
Phone: (562) 882-5590       
Fax: (562) 434-9800
Email : vtudoran@aol.com  

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Agencias Universales S.A.
Av. Independencia 772
P.O. Box 60-D
Punta Arenas

Contact: Gonzalo De La Sotta
Phone: (56-61) 241065
Fax: (56-61) 228239
Cell: (56) 9-7484109
email: gdelasotta@agunsa.cl, agunsapta@agunsa.cl

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts


Punta Arenas Chile.
Anything left on board after cruise bound for WHOI in April must have AWB or BOL's for customs paper work.  (eric benway)
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Dave Sims and Catie Graver
Some chems preloaded in San Fran Oct 20, 2014.