Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



R/V Atlantis


AUV Sentry, ROV Jason

Cruise Party

Christopher Reddy: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fye 107B, MS#04 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2316

David Valentine: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
University of California Santa Barbara 1006 Webb Hall, Department of Earth Science Santa Barbara, CA US 93117
+1 805 893 2973

Departure: San Francisco on Sep 13, 2011

Arrival: San Diego on Sep 28, 2011

Mobilization Date: Sep 11, 2011

Demobilization Date: Sep 28, 2011

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: Santa Barbara and Santa Monica Basins

Lat/Lon: 34° 0.0′ N / 120° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: min / max (m)

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

Science objectives

1. Investigate the variability in composition of seeping hydrocarbons at sites along the CA margin.
2. Investigate the changes in chemical composition of seeped oils as they weather.
3. Investigate the distribution and nature of hydrocarbon seepage and biodegradation along the CA margin.
4. Identify and map hydrocarbon/tar sources and related features along the CA margin.
5. investigate the fate of dissolved hydrocarbons in the waters along the CA margin.
6. Deploy in-situ incubation devices for microbial growth, for recover in 2013.

Science Activities

1. Jason operations including coring, water sampling, hydrocarbon sampling, surveys.
2. Sentry operations including multi-beeam mapping, photosurveys, mass specrometric surveys.
3. CTD casts and water collection (24 place rosette) for water collection.
4. Rate measurements using identical protocols as for SEEPS 07 and SEEPS 09 (note the use of radioactive materials).

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference


Funding Agency: NSF #OCE-0961725

- added NSF #OCE-0961725 on Jun 24, 2011 3:17 PM by Dr David L Valentine

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 150 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL
Science Underway Seawater System

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?

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors: 

CTD-Related Equipment

Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (LADCP)

MET Sensors

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

Sediment Sampling

Box corer
Van Veen Grab

Sample Storage

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

Storage Notes:


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 Notes:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Other Portable Winch

Winch Notes:

We plan to conduct CTD operations, small boat operations, Sentry operations and Jason operations.

Wire use and application

Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire

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

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van
Isotope Van

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? yes

Details: We may bring shallow in-situ pumps for over-the-side operations on small boats.

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: yes
Small Boat Operations: yes
SCUBA Diving Operations: no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? yes

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: yes

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): We hope to perform nightime operations using small craft in the protected waters of the Santa Barbara coast.  We plan to deploy LED lights to track hydrocarbon slicks and to use the small craft to sample them over the course of the night. 

Other required equipment and special needs: We are discussing the use of TETHYS mass spectrometer and a seawater equilibration system.

ROV Jason

Site Survey

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

Current Chart(s):

If no, willl you need Jason to generate maps of the work area(s)?  no

Will you need post-dive maps of the work area generated?  yes


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

Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation? yes

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes

Sensors & Samplers

Large capacity slurp samplers (Multi-chamber)
Major water sampler(s)
Push corers
Scoop nets
Search Sonar
What type of samples do you expect to collect?
Sediment cores, oil samples, gas samples. Slurp samples and water samples are secondary in priority.


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?  yes

If yes, how many would you anticipate?  2 max

Cameras & Video

Video & Photo data

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Jason?

Has this equipment been used on Jason 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.

1) Tethys, 2) flux measurement device (non electrical) used with Alvin, 3) gas collection tubes (used on Alvin), 4) incubation chambers.

Please contact Rich Camilli regarding TETHYS.  The other items are being fabricated or modified.  None are electrical devices and none are pressurized.

Does this equipment use an external pressure housing?  no

If yes, what is the pressure rating? 
and test pressure? 

Or has the pressure case been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements?  no

Housing schematic with dimensions and include air and water weights.

Does the equipment have an associated computer or control panel for remote operation from the personnel sphere?  no

Air weight of this equipment? 

Does the equipment require data or a power interface from the vehicle?  no

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

Does this equipment require manipulation?  yes

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

Except for tethys, the other items can be manipulated with the Jason manipulator, and stored in the basket.

Will this equipment be deployed off the vehicle?  yes

If yes, please describe how the equipment is intended for deployment.
The incubation devices will be placed in the sediment, or at the sediment surface.  We may want a digging tool of some sort to create the hole for them.

If yes, will the equipment be disconnected from the vehicle and left in situ?  yes

How long will the deployment be?  700  Days

Will the equipment be recovered by the same vehicle?  no

If recovering equipment deployed with another vehicle, provide pressure rating: 
and test pressure: 

Does this equipment use any glass spheres for either buoyancy or as pressure housings?  no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? yes

Describe deployment method and quantity:
We will use a small amount of methane gas, ~100mL, for the incubations.  Methane is a flammable gas, but the small volume being used poses little concern, and is less quantity than we typically bring up in natural samples.

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
We will be conducted several sorts of operations including sampling at known hydrocarbon seeps, explorations at various sites (details still being determined), deployment of incubation chambers, and potentially mapping and photoimaging.
Date Submitted: Aug 23, 2011 10:06 AM by Eric Benway