Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Knorr

Cruise Party

Edward Boyle: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
M.I.T. 77 Massachusetts Ave P.O. BOX E25-619 Cambridge, MA USA 02139
+1 617 253 3388

Gregory Cutter: Principal Investigator
Old Dominion University 4600 Elkhorn Ave. Norfolk, VA U.S.A. 23529-0276
+1 757 683 4929

William Jenkins: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution McLean 238, MS#08 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2554

Departure: Oct 15, 2010

Lisbon, Portugal

Arrival: Dec 5, 2010

Woods Hole, MA, USA

Operations Area

Subtropical North Atlantic
Depth Range: 0 / Bottom
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Portugal, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Bermuda, U.S.
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

To obtain state of the art trace metal and isotope measurements on a suite of samples taken on a mid-latitude zonal transect of the North Atlantic. In particular sampling will target the oxygen minimum zone extending off the west African coast near Mauritania, the TAG hydrothermal field, and the western boundary current system along Line W. In addition, the major biogeochemical provinces of the subtropical North Atlantic will be characterized. See www.GEOTRACES.org for program objectives and a summary of properties to be measured.

Science Activities

Seawater sampling via GoFLO and Niskin carousels, in situ pumping (and filtration), CTDO2 and transmissometer sensors, underway pumped sampling of surface waters, and collection of aerosols and rain.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: Already done
Media personnel on board: None


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 826423.00

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Knorr

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
ADCP 300 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System
Science Underway Seawater System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Fume Hood
Fume Hood

CTD/Water Sampling

Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
SBE43 oxygen sensor
SBE43 oxygen sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment


MET Sensors

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

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Freezer -20°C
Freezer -20°C
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.


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
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: 

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van
Chemical Storage Van
Science Van 1
Type/size: 8x20 USC Lab Van Location: O1 Deck
Water: Yes Power:Yes
Science Van 2
Type/size: 8x20 Cafe Thorium Lab Van Location: 01 Deck
Water: Yes Power:Yes
Science Van 3
Type/size: 8x10 CLIVAR Lab Van (Measures) Location: Aft Main Deck
Water: Yes Power:Yes
Science Van 4
Type/size: 8x20 UNOLS Lab Van (Lamborg) Location: Aft Main Deck
Water: Yes Power:Yes
Science Van 5
Type/size: 8x20 GEOTRACES Lab Van Location: Starboard Main Deck
Water: Yes Power:Yes
Science Van 6
Type/size: 8x18 MLML Lab Van Location: Starboard Main Deck
Water: Yes Power:Yes
Science Van 7
Type/size: 8x20 Freezer Van Location: 02 Deck
Water: No Power:Yes

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? yes Details:
Cutter/ODU GEOTRACES TM Clean system NASA BioOptics System Towed Fish Pivot Boom

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?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

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

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Mar 10, 2010
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

Master R/V KNORR
Attn: Scientist's Name // KN199-4
c/o MARMEDSA - Agencia Maritima (Portugal), Lda.
Av. D. Joâo II, Lote 1.18.01
Edificio Art's - Bloco B - Sala 2 C - Parque das Naçôes
1990-084 Lisboa
Teléfono +351 21 898 22 50
Fax +351 21 898 22 59
Telex 4200 KMOPS
e-mail: opslis@marmedsa.com

Contact: Joao Marques
Cell: 351 91 614 06 66
Email: opslis@marmedsa.com

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


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution:

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name KN199-4
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

Portugal, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Bermuda, United States
Please keep all documents realted to container shipments, palletized shipments of any kind to Portugal.  B.O.L.'s, commercial invoices etc., for paperwork re-entering into the United States.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Robbie Laird (m) and Anton Zafero (m)
August 17 - 25:  pre fit and test geotraces winch and A-Frame / Pivot boom location / CVO mast
August 26 & 27:  load gas cylinders and chemicals

October 11 -14: Mobilization for Geotraces cruise. 

Berth will be at : CAIS AVANCADO ALCANTARA (situated at port entrance almost under the old bridge 25th April)