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AT39-03 OOI Argentine Basin


R/V Atlantis

Cruise Party

Sebastien Bigorre: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 210A, MS#29 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2686

Paul Matthias: Principal Investigator
Organization Name USA
+1 508 289 3672

Departure: Jan 4, 2018


Arrival: Jan 19, 2018


Operations Area

Argentine Basin
Lat/Lon: 42° 0.0′ S / 42° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 3000 / 5200
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? No
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

1)         Recover the Argentine Basin Surface Mooring, GA01SUMO-00003

2)         Recover the Argentine Basin Profiler Mooring, GA02HYPM-00003

3)         Recover the Argentine Basin Profiler Mooring, GA02HYPM-00002

4)         Recover the Argentine Basin Flanking Mooring A, GA03FLMA-00003

5)         Recover the Argentine Basin Flanking Mooring B, GA03FLMB-00003

6)         Recover glider (#364) that is adrift

7)         Conduct ship vs buoy meteorological comparisons at the Surface Mooring sites.

8)         Conduct CTD casts with water sampling at the recovery sites, including glider (except GA02HYPM-00002 to avoid entanglement with broken mooring).

9)         Ancillary projects include the deployments of 8 Argo floats and 2 drifters. Launch locations are TBD at the time of this writing, but are not to impact the work for OOI.

Science Activities

Five mooring ops (4 subsurface, one surface). Moorings are full depth (~5,200 m). One subsurface mooring has failed and dragging ops may be needed.
Acoustic communications will be important to establish status of moorings by talking to acoustic releases and to instruments on the mooring line at each mooring.
CTD casts with water samples will be done at each mooring (except failed one) to establish validation/calibration of subsurface instruments prior to recovery. One CTD cast will go down to ~5000m.
Comparison between meteorological and oceanographic (ADCP, TSG, CO2, fluorometer, etc) measurements from the ship and the surface buoy (SUMO 3). Will require ship to hove to 1/2 nm downwind of buoy for ~ 24 hours.
Recovery of glider that drifted away from OOI mooring array. CTD cast prior to recovery is desired.
Launching 8 Argo floats during transit.
Launching 2 surface drifters during transit.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: Pre-cruise meeting 7/19/17


  Argentine Basin
  Distance: 800
  Days: 13
  Latitude: 42° 0.0’ S
  Longitude: 42° 0.0’ W

Supporting documentation:

Notes: Cruise Reduced to 8 science days due to change in Atlantis 2017 schedule.


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 42033401 833231000000

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
Science Underway Seawater System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Navigation - Heading
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
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

OOI will bring O2 Titrator & Salinometer w/ bottles & standards

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment

Dissolved Oxygen Titration System (Brinkmann Titrator)

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.
Climate Controlled Walk-in
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Storage Notes: Will need Walk-in Refere & Freezer available.

Will need science hold for empty cases and boxes for recovered equpip and instrumentation.
We will off  load everything at the end of the cruise.


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: Other portable winch is OOI LEBUS winch.  This  has been on Atlantis before.
TSE is back up winch.

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire
Winch Notes: 9/16" wire for dragging only. - IF needed.

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no
Science Van 1
Type/size: OOI Storage van Location: 01 deck
Water: no Power:no

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: Lebus winch
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: Yes, OOI & CRL team will bring mooring equip. including blocks, tuggers and takle.
OOI will bring all dragging gear and additonal realease boxes and transducers

WE WILL need Atlantis stern plate and A Frame guards to prevent wire chafing during cruise.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify Lebus winch & Rigging Van (TSE back up)
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: for MT cases
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:
Instruments (micro cats) w/ small batteries.  Lithium batteris in MMPs and water sampling chemicals.    List to be submitted.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
CTD's, Mulitbeam survey (just operate no mapping), AComms w/ Moorings.Other required equipment and special needs:
Deck Lead - J. Kemp
Small boat may be needed for glider recovery or other
Do not need underway seawater deck water only for winches
Crane Crutch
XBT for Multibeam only
OOI will bring all dragging gear and lift line

WE WILL need Atlantis stern plate and A Frame guards to prevent wire chafing during cruise.

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Nov 21 - 23:  Mobe onto RV Atlantis Montevideo
Nov 24 - Dec 11:  Arg. Basin cruise
Dec 12 - 13:  Demobe RV Atlantis Montevideo

All equipmet will be shipped to Montevideo.
Haz mats, gas cylinder and chems can be loaded at WHOI Oct 25 -Oct 1.
Large buoy foam will be shipped home from Montevideo.

A-Frame request is in process. Custom plates for transom and A-frame are rounded so overboarding wires don't get frayed. Plates loaded at WHOI on 9/28.