Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

RAPID oil exposure & Science of Spill


R/V Atlantis


HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

Erik Cordes: Principal Investigator
Temple University USA
+1 215 204 2128

Chuck Fisher: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Pennsylvania State University 208 Mueller Lab University Park, PA United States 16802
+1 814 865 3365

Chris German: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 241, MS#22 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2853

Timothy Shank: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Redfield 234B, MS#33 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3392

Departure: Gulfport, MS on Dec 7, 2010

Arrival: Gulfport, MS on Dec 14, 2010

Mobilization Date: Dec 5, 2010

Demobilization Date: Dec 15, 2010

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: Gulf of Mexico


Depth Range: min / max (m)

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science objectives

Deep water corals, seep communities and larval trap collection within 50 mile radius of the Deep Horizon Oil Platform at depths 500 to 2200 meters.

Science Activities

5-6 Alvin dives

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference

Teleconference conducted 21Oct2010
Media personnel on board: Video
NSF Rapid Film Maker, Mike Degruy


Funding Agency: NSF #1045083 , Institution

- added NSF #1045083 on Oct 26, 2010 1:13 PM by Elizabeth A. Caporelli
- added Institution on Oct 26, 2010 12:06 PM by Betsey Doherty

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Science Underway Seawater System

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor

Critical CTD Sensors:  Aquatracker Fluorometer (sci)

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer


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


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Winch Notes: sediment trap recovery

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: no
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? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

Other required equipment and special needs: Sediment trap recovery after Alvin dive (Chris German)

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


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

Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 12
Large capacity slurp samplers: single-chamber
Profiling sonar
Push corers (12-pack rack)
Search sonar

What type of samples do you expect to collect?
CTD requires O2 monitor if possible


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?  yes
If yes, how many would you anticipate?  0

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Alvin?  yes

Has this equipment been used on Alvin before?  yes

Please give a brief description of the equipment, its intended purpose, the cruise # it was last used on if any and its deployment method.
Bush Master, Mussel Pots, RNA Later (sci provided)
down-looking digital still camera and hi def camera (alv supplied)
coral cutter if possible

Does this equipment use an external pressure housing?  yes

Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements?  yes

Air weight of this equipment?

Water weight(s) of this equipment?

Does the equipment require a power interface from Alvin?  yes

Voltage required

Power required

Data Interface

Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Alvin User Manual?  yes

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?  yes
How many? 1  Bi-directional
Pressure requirements? 2200 PSI
Flow requirements?

Hydraulic schematic of the equipment requirements.

Does this equipment require manipulation?  yes

If yes, please describe how the equipment is to be manipulated:  Bushmaster by port manipulator as previously used.

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?  yes

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? yes

Has the computer or control panel been gas tested for use in the personnel sphere?  yes

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? no

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:

Date Submitted: Oct 26, 2010 1:13 PM by Elizabeth A. Caporelli