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R/V Atlantis

Cruise Party

Uwe Send: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
+1 858 822 6710

Departure: Mar 8, 2015

Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrival: Mar 26, 2015

Montevideo, Uruguay

Operations Area

Argentine Basin
Lat/Lon: 42° 0.0′ S / 42° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 4500 / 5200
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Transit through Chilean waters, CTD casts in Argentina and UK waters (by the Falklands)
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

To carry out the first deployment of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) 42°S, 42°W Array, installing four moorings and up to four 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. Three 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 deploy argos floats for collaborative research.
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: Teleconference


  Argentine Basin
  Distance: 1335
  Days: 10
  Latitude: 42° N
  Longitude: 42° E

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: #OOI

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

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

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

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

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: Rag Top Container for glass balls Location: 01
Water: no Power:no
Science Van 2
Type/size: Work Van Location: 01
Water: Power:yes, 110 V
Science Van 3
Type/size: 20' Lab Van Location:
Water: Power:

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:yes SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:
Lithium batteries contained in equipment -some spares in corresponding storage boxes
compressed nitrogen in cylinders
small amounts solvents, cleaners, paints
reagents for oxygen sampling (NaI/NaOH, MnCl2) to be kept in hazmat locker until needed after some of the CTD casts
HgCl2 for Carbon sampling to be kept in hazmat locker until needed after some of the CTD casts

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: Aug 9, 2014
Date Approved:
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


Uruguay (Montevideo)

NOTE: WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications with Agents.   Please send shipping information for all equipment and supplies to the Primary Agent and to all WHOI contacts

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
Cerrito 618
11.000 Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone:  (0598) 2916.1707
Fax:   (0598) 2916.1758
Telex (23) 479966 TRANSH UY
email: tranship@tranship.com.uy       

Contacts:  Jorge Andino, mobile phone: 00598-94-402.208
                Enrique Cossaro, mobile phone:  00598-94-402.210

Start port is Punta Arenas, Chile.
End port is Montevideo, Urugway.
No customs forms for OOI.  All items shipped to Chile.  Return to USA will require copy of BOL's and AWB's for US Customs.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: