Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Oceanus

Cruise Party

Lee Freitag: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Smith 208, MS#18 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3285

Departure: Jun 23, 2010


Arrival: Jun 27, 2010


Operations Area

South of Martha's Vineyard about 50 nmi
Lat/Lon: 40° 28.78′ N / 70° 48.13′ W
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? NO
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Evaluate acoustic communications performance in a continental shelf environment.

Science Activities

Deploy up to 4 moorings and then tow an acoustic source using a V-fin depressor. CTDs will be required up to several times each day.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: Should be available to meet when Oceanus gets back to WHOI.
Media personnel on board: None


  Station 1
  Distance: 70
  Days: 3 days
  Latitude: 40° 28.78’ N
  Longitude: 70° 48.13’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: ONR/NAVY
Grant or contract number: N000141010575

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 150 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors

no water samples required, CTD only

MET Sensors

Air temperature
Barometric Pressure
Relative Humidity
Wind speed and direction


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? no


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Mooring / TSE winch

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: yes Type: SmSeamac (e.g. Weller or Bahr)
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? yes
To be provided by Kemp or rigging shop.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify: As required for winch(es)
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:yes
SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:
Hazmat is only Li-Ion batteries contained in buoy equipment.
MSDS will be provided and brought aboard.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:

Checklist & Notes


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

Person of contact:
Eric Benway
266 Woods Hole Road
MS 37
Woods Hole Ma. 02543
Tel: 508-289-3770
fax: 508-457-2185
email: ebenway@whoi.edu
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Chris Griner is working to locate a portable winch to handle the overboarding.