Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Oceanus

Cruise Party

Cindy Van Dover: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Duke University Marine Laboratory 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd Beaufort, NC US 28516
+1 252 504 7655

Departure: May 17, 2011

Bridgetown Barbados

Arrival: May 20, 2011

Bridgetown Barbados

Operations Area

Barbados Accretionary Wedge
Lat/Lon: 11° 14.0′ N / 59° 22.0′ W
Depth Range: 1000 / 2200
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Barbados
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Preliminary science activities at 3 Barbados seep sites (El Pilar, Orenoque A, Orenoque B) on the accretionary wedge for return visit to sites with DSRV Alvin in May-June 2012.  Part of the Seep Connectivity Project funded by NSF to investigate historical and contemporary linkages among Barbados, Gulf OF MExico, and Blake Ridge seep species.

Science Activities

At each site:
1) Sub-bottom profiling to locate seep areas
2) MOCNESS tow for larval sampling
3) Deep-water (35 m HOB) mooring deployment (current meter, 2 sediment/larval traps per mooring)
4) Bone/wood package deployment

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference


  El Pilar
  Distance: 110
  Days: 0.6
  Latitude: 11° 14.0’ N
  Longitude: 59° 22.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1031050

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
Science Underway Seawater System
Deionized Water System

CTD/Water Sampling


Critical CTD Sensors

Mocness loaned from URI

MET Sensors

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

Sample Storage

Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Chest Freezer (Household type) 0°F
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.


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
Winch Notes: MOCNESS
Wires Notes: Whatever is needed for MOCNESS.  

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 
Science Van 1
Type/size: Berth Van Location:
Water: Power:

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? no

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: mooring floats and anchors (3 each)
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:
5% buffered formalin(arriving on ship as 43% formalin) (probably no more than 1 liter)
95% ethanol (5 gal or less)
2% glutaraldehyde (100 ml or less)

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
MOCNESSOther required equipment and special needs:
We will be deploying moorings, but after discussion with David Fisichella, my understanding is that we need no specialized deck equipment for this.

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Jan 3, 2011
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

Master R/V Oceanus
Attn: Scientist's Name - OC471-2
c/o DaCosta Mannings Inc.
St. Michael

Contact:  Glyne St. Hill, Manager
Email: gsthill@dmishipping.com
Phone:(246) 430-4804
Fax: (246) 431-0051

David Priddee, Operations Manager
Email Address: dpriddee@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4819
Cell no. (246) 231-5348

Contact:  Arlin Kellman, Assistant Operations Manager
Email Address: akellman@dmishipping.com
Tel. No. (246) 430-4825
Cell no. (246) 230-4353

Primary Contact:  Anthony Oliver, Operations Coordinator*
Email Address: logistics@dmishipping.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4881
Cell no. (246) 231-5382
Fax: (246) 431-0878

*Note: All requests and correspondence should be sent to Anthony Oliver at the email address above with copies to David Priddee and Arlin Kellman.

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 to all WHOI contacts
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: