Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis


HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

J. Patrick Hickey: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Smith 301, MS#17 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3860

Departure: Aug 31, 2013

Astoria OR.

Arrival: Sep 19, 2013

San Francisco CA

Operations Area

Off Northern Ca. Monterey Bay area
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

HOV ALVIN Sea trials for post overhaul Alvin upgrade. 

Science Activities

Launch and Recover of HOV ALVIN as determined by Ch Sci.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI


Supporting documentation:

Notes: this cruise will depart Aug 31 from Astoria and transit direct to San Fran, a 3 day transit.  ETA San Fran SEPT 3.  Dock location Tbd.

NAVSEA and co. will join ship and commence with incline and harbor trials.   Open sea trials will take place after NAVSEA approval of all harbor trials.


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 000001

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz

Shipboard Communication

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

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors

no special needs here. Just stand. rosette if req. at all.
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:
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: 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
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?no
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:

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Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
ASTORIA and SAN FRAN will have the same agent - Vasile Tudoran.
For Astoria

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Vasile Tudoran Transport
819 Ohio Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90804

Contact: Vasile Tudoran
Phone: (562) 882-5590
Fax: (562) 434-9800
Email: vtudoran@aol.com

All packages and shipments should be sent to the following address with shipping notification sent to WHOI contacts, Ship's Agent and Esther Jones, contact information below:

Herb Florer, Director, Seaports Division
(503) 741-3336 (office)
(503) 468-8182 (cell)

 Esther Jones, Administrative Assistant
(503) 741-3300 (Office)

 Port of Astoria Tel:  (503) 741-3300

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Port of Astoria
#10 Pier One
Suite 308
Astoria, OR   97103


Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Vasile Tudoran Transport
819 Ohio Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90804

Contact: Vasile Tudoran
Phone: (562) 882-5590
Fax: (562) 434-9800
Email: vtudoran@aol.com

Use above address for mail only; must be delivered five days prior to ship arrival in San Francisco.

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

none required
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Catie Graver, Allison Heater
mob in Astoria and San Fran. 
Demob in San Fran.