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: Oct 21, 2013

San Diego

Arrival: Nov 21, 2013

San Diego

Operations Area

San Diego Harbor and Monterey Canyon
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? n/a
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

HOV ALVIN Sea trials PART II for post overhaul Alvin upgrade. 

Science Activities

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

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI


Supporting documentation:

Notes: IF Alvin gets certified before Nov 12 NSF may authroize Atlantis and Alvin to conduct Science Verification dive (s) off CA.   End date and port  for this cruise will not change.


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 00001122

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

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:

United States (San Diego, CA)

Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Paxton, Shreve & Hays Inc.
453 54th Street Suite 101
San Diego, CA   92114

Contact: Tom Jenkins
Phone: (619) 232-8941
Fax: (619) 232-3006
Telex: 6731029 SHREVE SDG
Email: marineops@pshinc.net

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:
Allison Heater, Tina Thomas
Oct 18 & 19, will see Jason and Sentry being off loaded after the Valentine cruise. 

Arrival Nov 14.  will see pre loading of science cruises.  WHEAT & SIEVERT as well as Jason and Sentry teams looking to reload equipment Nov 15.