Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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AT26-13

Ship

R/V Atlantis

Vehicles

HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

Samantha Joye: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Room 220 Marine Sciences Bldg Athens, GA USA 30602-3636
+1 706 542 5893
mandyjoye@gmail.com

Departure: Mar 30, 2014

Gulfport

Arrival: Apr 22, 2014

Gulfport

Operations Area

Northern Gulf of Mexico
Lat/Lon: 26° 23.46′ N / 94° 30.783′ W
Depth Range: 500 / 3000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? N/A
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

This cruise objectives are to:
1) characterize the local geology of brine seeps using ALVIN multibeam and ATLANTIS multibeam surveys;
2) collect sediment and brine samples from brine seeps using ALVIN;
3) collect water samples from above brine seeps using the CTD rossette;
4) collect sediment samples from around brine seeps using the multiple corer;
5) collect zooplankton samples using the MOCNESS;
6) collect water from brine basins using the  CTD rossette and "brine depth profiler" operated from ALVIN;
7) conduct sediment and water column sampling at three sites in the vicinity of the Macondo wellhead.

Science Activities

This cruise will collect fluids from the water column (using the CTD rosette) and from brine basins and seafloor brine pools using the CTD rossette and a cumstimized brine fluid sampler (for profiling over depth in stratified brines). We will also collect sediment push cores using ALVIN and a multiple corer (during night ops). We plan to visit between 10 and 12 different brine-impacted cold seeps along the Northern Gulf shelf and slope. We will also spend three days working around the Macondo Wellhead. We will also conduct multi-beam mapping from ALVIN and from the ship (during night ops).

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Held Jan 7, 2014.
Media personnel on board: Video, Writer
Antonia Juhasz is an investigative journalist and popular science writer. She will be doing EPO blogs and writing several stories related to the cruise. National Geographic will have crew (out on a sister ship) filming our activities around the Macondo wellhead. Bill Evelyn, a UGA employee in Broadcast Video/Science journalism will be on board for part of the cruise capturing video for a documentary film that UGA will produce. We will also have a media event in port before the cruise sails.

Stations:

Supporting documentation:

»at_sciberth_AT26-13-revised.pdf
»ATLANTIS_LABS_114884-4_SBJ-1.pdf
»PGRP-Aerial-11_14_2013-REDUCED.pdf
»AT_26-13_abbreviated_cruise_plan.xlsx
»Rad_Authorization.pdf
»AT26-13_Joye_Chemical_Inventory.xlsx
»M_Joye_Deck_Plan_March_20.jpg
»Montoya_PIT_traps_and_Spar_Buoy_info.pdf
Notes: Joye Deck Plan uploaded March 3. 
Spar buoy, PIT traps deployed over the stbd. side w/ crane.   Spar buoy will have hard hats.   See attachement from Joy Montoya (science user).  

Incubations can go on main deck aft if room enough, or up on 01 deck.  

Mandy Joye will have a portable freezer to go outside Atlantis rad van. 

Mocness will use 220 micron net for this cruise (Montoya user).  URI supplied / Lynn Butler will come down to meet ship and help set it up.

Funding

Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: EF0801741
Funding Agency: GOMRI
Grant or contract number: ECOGIG

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Multibeam
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Science Underway Seawater System

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Is there a need to transfer data to shore on a regular basis?
Is there an expectation to use Skype or any other real-time video conference program?

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors

2 Frannatech methane sensors to go on CTD rosette. Just mounted only, no interface req.

MET Sensors

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

Sediment Sampling

Multi-core

Sample Storage

Climate Controlled Walk-in
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Storage Notes: Mandy will bring along one freezer for storage of radioactive samples and another for general sample storage..
Joe Montoya will bring a stand up refer to go in main lab.

Navigation

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

USBL
Navigation Notes:

Winches

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Trawl Winch with .681 fiber optic
Winch Notes: Trawl for multicoring
Hydro for ring nets (Montoya).
Winch Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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

Portable Vans

Isotope Van
Chemical Storage Van
Science Van 1
Type/size: UNOLS lab van Location: main or 01 deck
Water: yes Power:yes

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: PIT traps
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: Joe Montoya group:
1) PIT Traps (capstan or small winch for deploy / recover)
2) ~30foot spar buoy (see pictures)
3) Ring nets (hydro wire tow)

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify Several of the instruments we are bringing require ultra clean power
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: yes Identify: We will need comms with the National Geographic crew (probably on the Pelican)
Science Stowage: yes Identify: Aft storage should be sufficient
Water: yes Identify: 3 deck incubators for Joe Montoya

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?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:
Hazardous material will ONLY be used in the lab spaces.
Gases also.  WILL NEED SHIPS GAS RACK for ~ 16 tanks

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes:yes

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Seabeam; MOCNESS; CTD; Multiple Coring -- we can handle getting these instruments in/out of the water but for the most part but will need winch operators.Other required equipment and special needs:
The UNOLS lab van will be for Joe Montoya natural trace isotope work.  
Location could be main deck port side or 01 deck.  

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Alvin



Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect?Water, carbonate rocks, brine fluids, sediment null null null

Site Survey

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

Navigation

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 for other than Alvin operations?yes

Vehicle Equipment

Push corers (12-pack rack)
Search sonar
Profiling sonar
High temperature probe (0-480°C)
Low temperature probe
CTD
Small capacity slurp samplers
Large capacity slurp samplers: multi-chamber
Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 12

Elevators

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

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.
The brine trapper is a depth profiling sampler for obtaining samples of stratified brine fluids; it was used successfully on a 2010 Alvin cruise. We have a small CTD and two Frannatech methane sensors (the CTD has been used on ALVIN; the Frannatech sensors have not). Chris Martens is bring Rich Camilli's MIMS system and Peter Girguis is sending his in situ C isotope along; both have been used on ALVIN before.
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? no
Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements? no
Pressure housing schematic with dimensions and include air and water weights.
Air weight of this equipment?
Water weight of this equipment?
Does the equipment require a power interface from Alvin? no
Voltage required null
Power required
Data Interface
Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Alvin User Manual? no
Please provide power and comms specifics, wiring diagram, pinout, and wiring harness in advance of the cruise.
Does this equipment require hydraulic inputs from the vehicle? yes
How many? 2 Single
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:
Bruce is in contact with the engineer who produced the instrument and they are working out logistical details of interfacing the vehicle with ALVIN.
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? no
Do you intend to recover any other previously deployed equipment? yes
If yes, please describe this equipment:
Temperature/salinity/pressure loggers that are deployed in two brine pools.
Does this equipment use any glass spheres for either buoyancy or as pressure housings? no
Does the equipment have an associated computer or control panel for remote operation from the personnel sphere? no
Has the computer or control panel been gas tested for use in the personnel sphere? no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
Navy Clearance:
Granted 03/28/14:
A. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-42N 88-22W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.
B. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-51N 88-29W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.
C. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-42N 88-22W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.
D. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-22N 90-34W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.
E. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 26-54N 91-20W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.
F. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 26-23N 94-31W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.
G. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-33N 92-32W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.
H. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-19N 92-06W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.
I. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 26-23N 94-30W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.
J. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-42N 90-29W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.
K. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-43N 91-17W DURING PERIOD 301200Z MAR THRU 222300Z APR 14.

Granted 04/05/14:
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-42N 90-39W DURING PERIOD 041200Z THRU 222300Z APR 14.
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-43N 91-16W DURING PERIOD 041200Z THRU 222300Z APR 14.
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 26-59N 91-16W DURING PERIOD 041200Z THRU 222300Z APR 14.
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 26-56N 91-17W DURING PERIOD 041200Z THRU 222300Z APR 14.
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 26-54N 91-21W DURING PERIOD 041200Z THRU 222300Z APR 14.
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-20N 92-06W DURING PERIOD 041200Z THRU 222300Z APR 14.
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-20N 91-59W DURING PERIOD 041200Z THRU 222300Z APR 14.
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-20N 92-20W DURING PERIOD 041200Z THRU 222300Z APR 14.
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-19N 92-59W DURING PERIOD 041200Z THRU 222300Z APR 14.
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-33N 90-59W DURING PERIOD 041200Z THRU 222300Z APR 14.

Granted 04/13/14:
WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-38N 88-22W DURING PERIOD 211200Z THRU 212300Z APR 14.


Checklist & Notes

Checklist

U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

Please copy Eric Benway on all correspondece with agents and vendors.

 

United States (Gulfport, MS)

Master:  R/V Ship Name
Attn:  Scientist's Name
Fillette Green Shipping Services (USA) Corp.
261 N. Conception Street
Mobile, AL   36603

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1842
Mobile, AL   36633
Phone:  (251) 375-2224
Fax:  (251) 432-6813
TELEX: 3772415 FGSS USWG
Email: mob@fillettegreen.com

Contact:  Jason Halischak
Cell:  (251) 232-1659

Shipments of up to 200 lbs may be sent to the address above.  All shipments over 200 pounds should be scheduled to arrive while the ship is in port and directed to the address below.   The agent must be notified of all shipments.

Port of Gulfport address:
Master:  R/V Ship Name
Atten:  Scientist's Name
Mississippi State Port at Gulfport
30th Avenue South Extension West Pier
Gulfport, MS   39501

WHOI NOTE:  Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  It is requested that shipping information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts.

Countries:
n/a
Notes:
n/a
Isotope Use Approval: yes
Isotope Notes:
Mandy Joye will be the user and is submitting the request soon.
SCUBA Diving: no

Checklist

SSSG Tech:
Allison Heater & Catie Graver
2 days mob.   ALVIN debrief will be day before departure and transit day #1.
Media event may take place during mob.  Mandy will update Eric B. soon on this.