Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

DSV Alvin 4500m Certification Dive

Ship

R/V Atlantis

Vehicles

HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

W. Strickrott: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Smith 301, MS#17 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 4831
strickrott@whoi.edu


Departure: Arica, Chile

Arrival: Arica, Chile

Mobilization Date: Jan 24, 2015

Demobilization Date: Jan 29, 2015

Supporting documentation:

»Letter_to_Chile_MFA.pdf

Operations Area: 90 nm W/SW of Arica, Chile


Lat/Lon: 19° 11.0′ S / 17° 21.0′ W

Depth Range: 4500m / max (m)

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Chile
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

The Alvin Operations Group and NAVSEA plan to dive DSV Alvin in an area approximately 60 nautical miles off of the coast of Chile. This cruise is intended to accomplish a series of up to 3 Alvin dives in order to increase Alvin's maximum certified dive depth to 4500m. NAVSEA will participate in the cruise, including participation on the actual certifcation dive, as a part of the 4500 m certification process.

The first dive will be an engineering test dive to a depth of approximately 3800m in preparation for the deeper follow on dives. Dive two and three will be scheduled to take the submersible to the maximum design depth of 4500m. No additional dives are planned for this period.

No scientific operations are planned for this series and no sampling will occur during time at sea.




Science Activities

Dive 1: 'warm up' dive to prepare the sub for operations to 4500m. Dive one is likely to be at depths at or near 3800 m, Alvin's current certification depth. 

Dive 2: Possible certification dive (depending on performance of Dive 1)
Dive 3: Contigency dive (weather, equipment issues etc) - optional based on results of Dive 1 and 2

No science other than Alvin certification and engineering evaluation diving is planned

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI

should be able to have all folks here at WHOI for a quick meeting if needed

Stations:

  Cert Dive Area
  Distance: 76
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 19° 12.6’ S
  Longitude: 71° 24.0’ W

Funding Agency: ONR/NAVY #ONR , NSF


- added ONR/NAVY #ONR , added NSF on Jan 8, 2015 12:11 PM by Eric Benway

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Multibeam
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Is there a need to receive data from shore on a regular basis?
Is there a need to transfer data to shore on a regular basis?

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Storage Notes:

Navigation


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations? no

Navigation

GPS
USBL

Navigation Notes: Normal Alvin USBL navigation with standard Atlantis shipboard GPS inputs


Winch Notes:



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

Other Science Vans:

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: 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

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information


Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? no

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

Other required equipment and special needs: 

HOV Alvin

Site Survey

Will you provide detailed charts of the work area(s)?  no

Current Chart(s):


If no, willl you need R/V Atlantis to generate maps of the work area(s)?  no

Will you need post-dive maps of the work area generated?  no

Navigation


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations? yes

Vehicle Equipment

Profiling sonar
Search sonar


What type of samples do you expect to collect?
none

Elevators


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?  no
If yes, how many would you anticipate? 

Science Supplied Equipment


Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Alvin?  no

Has this equipment been used on Alvin before?  no

Please give a brief description of the equipment, its intended purpose, the cruise # it was last used on if any and its deployment method.

Does this equipment use an external pressure housing?  no

Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements?  no

Air weight of this equipment?

Water weight(s) of this equipment?

Does the equipment require a power interface from Alvin?  no

Voltage required

Power required

Data Interface

Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Alvin User Manual?  no

Please provide power and comms specifics, wiring diagram, pinout, and wiring harness in advance of the cruise.

Does this equipment require hydraulic inputs from Alvin?  no
Hydraulic schematic of the equipment requirements.

Does this equipment require manipulation?  no

If yes, please describe how the equipment is to be manipulated: 

Will this equipment be deployed off the vehicle?  no

If yes, please describe how the equipment is intended for deployment: 

If yes, will the equipment be disconnected from the vehicle and left in situ?  no

How long will the deployment be? 

Will the equipment be recovered by the same vehicle?  no

Do you intend to recover any other previously deployed equipment?  no

If yes, please describe this equipment: 

Does this equipment use any glass spheres, ceramic housings or similar (non-metallic materials) for either buoyancy or as pressure housings?  no

Do you require any electronic equipment in the personal sphere? no

Has the computer or control panel been gas tested for use in the personnel sphere?  no

Hazardous Material


Will hazardous material be utilized? no

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:

Date Submitted: Jan 8, 2015 12:11 PM by Eric Benway