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R/V Atlantis


ROV Jason

Cruise Party

William Chadwick: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
2115 SE OSU Drive Newport, OR USA 97365
+1 541 867 0179

Robert Embley: Principal Investigator
NOAA / Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) 2115 SE O.S.U. Dr. Newport, , OR USA 97365-5258
+1 541 867 0275

Raymond Lee: Principal Investigator
Washington State University Pullman, WA USA 99164
+1 509 335 5727

Marvin Lilley: Principal Investigator
University of Washington School of Oceanography P.O. BOX 355351 Seattle, WA USA 98195
+1 206 543 0959

Mark Zumberge: Principal Investigator
+1 858 534 3533

Departure: Jul 18, 2011

Astoria, Oregon, USA

Arrival: Aug 1, 2011

Astoria, Oregon, USA

Operations Area

Axial Seamount and Endeavour segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge
Lat/Lon: 46° 0.0′ N / 130° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 1500 / 2200
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

This expedition consists of multiple projects lead by different PIs, funded by the NSF, NOAA, and a Chinese University.  All the projects involve Jason dives at either Axial Seamount or Endeavour segment.  The ROV dives will make geophysical measurements of volcano inflation, collect coordinated hydrothermal vent fluid samples for chemical and microbial analysis, and recover and deploy seafloor monitoring instruments in and around hydrothermal vent sites.  Mooring deployments and recoveries between ROV dives at Axial (all moorings short <40 m tall; 3 BPRs, 1 OBH, 1 RAS).

Science Activities

Please see "Science Activities" file, attached as supporting documentation.  Also attached is a tentative shiptrack for the cruise (Astoria -> Axial -> Endeavour -> Astoria), an example of one of the moorings that we will be recovering and deploying, and a file of "known obstables" at Axial Seamount (currently deployed moorings).

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: May 10 teleconference


  Axial Seamount
  Distance: 250
  Days: 6
  Latitude: 46° 0.0’ N
  Longitude: 130° 0.0’ W

  Endeavour segment
  Distance: 230
  Days: 6
  Latitude: 27° 54.0’ N
  Longitude: 129° 6.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 0725605, 0819004, 0851540, 0623554
Funding Agency: NOAA
Grant or contract number: PMEL

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL
Science Underway Seawater System

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

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

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
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?no


Navigation Notes:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: Ship's crane
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?yes
Describe deployment method and quantity:
Hazardous material information will be provided to the ship before the cruise.  These are mainly chemicals which will be used inside the ship's labs.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Multibeam sonar mapping is unlikely, but possible if there is extended downtime with Jason.  "Night time" work is selected only because the Jason operations will probably be around the clock.
Other required equipment and special needs:

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Jason

Current Chart(s):

Site Survey

Will you provide detailed charts of the work area(s)?yes
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
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?yes
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes
What type of samples do you expect to collect?Vent fluid samples (with Dave Butterfield's sampler), sulfide samples, biological samples


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

Cameras & Video

Video & Photo data

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Jason yes
Has this equipment been used on Jason 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.
See Science Activities Supplemental Document
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? yes
If yes, what is the pressure rating? 2500
and test pressure?
Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements? yes
Pressure 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? yes
Does this equipment require hydraulic inputs from the vehicle? yes
How many?  
Pressure requirements?
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:
See Science Activities Supplemental Document
Will this equipment be deployed off the vehicle? yes
If yes, please describe how the equipment is intended for deployment:
See Science Activities Supplemental Document
If yes, will the equipment be disconnected from the vehicle and left in situ? yes
How long will the deployment be?
Will the equipment be recovered by the same vehicle? yes
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?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Apr 19, 2011
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

Attn: Scientist's Name - AT18-07
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2323 NW Suffolk Street
Portland, OR  97210

Mailing Address:
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PO Box 5307
Portland, OR 97228-5307

Phone: +1 503 226 3093 (24 Hrs)
Fax: +1 503 525 6040
Telex: 3774438 isswcoast
Email: iss.portland@iss-shipping.com
Website: ISS Portland OR Microsite 

Contact:  Gary Martinke
Tel:   503 525-6026
Fax:  503 525-6040
Mobile:  503 780-4295

Email: iss.portland@iss-shipping.com

NOTEFor large packages and shipments, ship to the following address and notify Ship's Agent as well as Rita Fahrney, contact information below:

Rita Fahrney rfahrney@portofastoria.com

Port of Astoria Tel: 503 325-4521

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Port of Astoria
422 Gateway Avenue
Suite 100
Astoria, OR   97103

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
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: