Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis


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AT26-17 a&b

Ship

R/V Atlantis

Vehicles

AUV Sentry, HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

Timothy Crone: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory USA
+1 845 365 8687
tjcrone@gmail.com

Kang Ding: Principal Investigator
University of Minnesota USA
+1 612 624 9598
mlcd@tc.umn.edu

Norman Farr: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Smith 307, MS#18 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3499
nfarr@whoi.edu

Daniel Fornari: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark South 172B, MS#24 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2857
dfornari@whoi.edu

James Kinsey: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Blake 219, MS#07 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3470
jkinsey@whoi.edu

Eric Mittelstaedt: Principal Investigator
University of Idaho 875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3022 Moscow, Idaho USA 83844
+1 208 885 2045
emittelstaedt@uidaho.edu

William Seyfried: Principal Investigator
University of Minnesota USA
+1 612 624 0340
wes@umn.edu

Maurice Tivey: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 256, MS#22 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 4845
mtivey@whoi.edu

Departure: Jul 17, 2014

Astoria, Oregon

Arrival: Aug 6, 2014

Astoria, Or.

Operations Area

Northeast Pacific
Lat/Lon:
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Canada
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

The University of Minnesota research group has the following objectives:
1. Hydrothermal vent fluid sampling at Axial caldera and MEF. The vent sampling will involve direct acquisitoin of samples using Alvin, but also deployment of time series sampling by remote operation.
2. Chemical sensor deployments will take place in association with vent fluid sampling

The primary goal of the Crone, Mittelstaedt, Fornari group is to deploy and test two new camera systems designed to acquire video imagery of hydrothermal venting.  Fornari also plans to bring out his MISO time lapse camera to take photos of Alvin working on the bottom as time is available and in a not-to-interfere basis with the science programs.  This would be deployed on an elevator similar to what was done in the Gulf of Mexico on the SVC.

The primary goal of the Kinsey, Crone, Mittelstaedt group is to use the AUV sentry to measure the volume and heat flux of hydrothermal fluid passing through a rectangular volume centered around the Ashes and MEF hydrothermal sites.

The Tivey/Farr second leg will be focused on CORK optical communications.  We currently have underwater optical modems installed at two seafloor CORK sites: at 857D in Middle Valley and 1025C on Endeavor Ridge flank.  The objectives of the Tivey/Farr cruise program are to download CORK data using the optical modems, recover the CORK optical modems, and test a new generation of optical modem (3G) using Alvin, Sentry and lowered CTD platforms.

Science Activities

To fulfill UM objectives, we will deploy sensor and samplers at sites of high temperature venting, but also at sites of diffuse flow venting. Vent sites are located at ASHES at Axial caldera, but we will also investgiate sites at MEF (Main Endeavour Field), and possilbe MOTHRA vents near MEF on Endeavour segment, JDF. Vent fluid samples will be processed on board ship
Chemical sensor calibartion efforts will also take place shipboard, before and after seafloor deployment. The UM group will be heavily involved with chemical work while onboard.

The Crone, Mittelstaedt, and Fornari group will use Alvin to perform site surveys, test and deploy two stand-alone camera systems, take temperature measurements at diffuse and focused hydrothermal vents, deploy temperature sensors, and perform minor mapping surveys using Alvin if time permits. We would also like to have Alvin be capable of acquiring near-bottom multibeam data using the RESON multibeam in order to test and prove that system and to establish the data quality and processing so that Alvin can offer this capability to future users - this is a secondary but important objective.

To accomplish our goals, the Kinsey, Crone, and Mittelstaedt group will conduct AUV Sentry dives during night operations between Alvin dives.  These Sentry dives will include mapping, photo surveys, and flying a series of repeated surveys around and within a rectangular box located over each vent field.

The Tivey/Farr CORK optical communications leg (Jul 27-Aug 6) will undertake the following operations at the two seafloor CORK sites (857D and 1025C).
At 1025C:
* download data using shipbased CTD lowered optical modem
* test Sentry optical modem using CTD lowered optical modem.
* Alvin Dive to recover old CORK optical modem, download CORK data
At 857D:
* download data using shipbased CTD lowered optical modem
* Alvin dive to deploy new 3G optical modem, recover old CORK optical modem, download CORK data.
* Sentry dive to test new 3G optical modem
* Alvin dive to recover new 3G optical modem and then a geophysical and geological exploration of 857D to 858G Dead Dog hydrothermal field.
* Sentry dive geophysical survey of 857D to 858G Dead Dog hydrothermal field

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: May 1 at 1300 Eastern time Conference #: 508-289-3192 Conf Code: 213770#

Stations:

  Axial Seamount (Kang Ding)
  Distance: 0
  Days: null
  Latitude: 46° 3.5’ N
  Longitude: 130° 0.0’ W

  Main Endeavour (Kang Ding)
  Distance: 0
  Days: null
  Latitude: 47° 57.0’ N
  Longitude: 129° 6.6’ W

  CORK 857D
  Distance: null
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 48° 26.517’ N
  Longitude: 128° 42.651’ E

  CORK 1025C
  Distance: null
  Days: 2
  Latitude: 47° 53.247’ N
  Longitude: 128° 38.919’ E

Supporting documentation:

»12-Hour_Atlantis_Cruise_Plan.htm
»3571666250_cruiseTrack.pdf

Funding

Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1332371, 0927615, 1131772, 0926849, 0942835

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

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

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?

Critical CTD Sensors

CTD rosette frame without water bottles with optical modem and SDSL mounted to the rosette

CTD-Related Equipment

Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (LADCP)

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Storage Notes: The UM group will need access to the wlak in freezer for chemical sensor pre-deployment tests. The -70C freezer is also needed for storage of some samples

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

GPS
USBL
Navigation Notes:
  • We need an inventory for acoustic releases so things dont get triggered by mistake!
  • Need to be sure navigation systems are coordinated with other vessels and ROV systems that may be in the operations area (ROPOS and MBARI)
  • The UM group uderscores the need for clear and effective communications with UW (R/V Thompson) (RSN) researchers whom will be in the same area at Axial at about the same time

Winches

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Trawl Winch with .681 fiber optic
Winch Notes: OptComms group may need to utilize the FO .681 winch for optical modem comms with Alvin and Sentry as separate from CTD wire.  Prefer CTD wire but if being used for other uses may need .681 wire.

Wire use and application

Trawl Winch with .681 fiber optic
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes: We will be deploying the Diffuse Effluent Measurement over the side on the starbord hydroboom using the CTD winch and the 0.322" wire with the 0.25" wire as a back-up.  The system weights ~700lbs in air and ~60lbs in water.

We will be deploying the VentCam over the side on the starbord hydroboom using the CTD winch and the 0.322" wire with the 0.25" wire as a back-up. Weights in air and water TBD.

OptComms group may need to utilize the FO .681 winch for optical modem comms with Alvin and Sentry as separate from CTD wire.  Prefer CTD wire but if being used for other uses may need .681 wire.

We will be attaching a set (~5) of SensorBots to the CTD wire for testing of optical communications between the sensors during one of the LADCP deployments. These sensors should not interfere with any operations of the CTD system but will need to be attached as the cage descends.

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no
Science Van 1
Type/size: SENTRY Tool Van Location: Main Deck port side
Water: none Power:480
Science Van 2
Type/size: SENTRY vehicle Van Location: 01 deck
Water: none Power:none

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: yes Identify: DI water (18 mega-ohm) must be available in chem lab

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?noDescribe deployment method and quantity:
UM group will be using inert gas (nitrogen) (several tanks will be up-loaded at Astoria). UM will also process samples with common chemicals and dilute acids. MSDS forms will be provided for all chemicals that UM will use. All chemicals brought on Atlantis will be used completely while at sea or entirely removed from the ship during demob

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes:no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
The AUV Sentry will be deployed for nighttime operations.

CTD with optical modem mounted to rosette frame

MISO time lapse camera for imaging Alvin during operations on the seafloor - deployed using the Alvin elevator and float packOther required equipment and special needs:

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Alvin



Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect?UM- Hydrothermal fluid samples, sulfide chimney samples, basalt samples. null null null

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

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

High temperature probe (0-480°C)
Low temperature probe
Magnetometer
Profiling sonar

Elevators

Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?yes
If yes, how many would you anticipate? 1

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Alvin yes
Has this equipment been used on Alvin 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.
The WHOI/University of Idaho group will be bringing the Diffuse Effluent Measurement System, a stand-alone camera system It is designed to capture imagery and temperatures of diffuse effluent rising from the seafloor.  The camera/computer housing is titanium and is was pressure tested at WHOI to comply with Alvin certifications.  The system will weigh ~60lbs in water and is approximately 1.5m cubed.

The Lamont group will be bringing the VentCam stand-alone camera system for measuring fluid flows at high-temperature black smoker vents. This system has been deployed with Alvin once before, at EPR in 2009. All implodable volumes have or will be tested at the LDEO high pressure test facility as per Alvin guidelines.

UM group will be collecting hydrothermal fluid samples. UM will provide IGT samplers for their specific need, although the availability of majors samplers might be used as well. Marv Lilly will provide 1-2 gas-tight samplers, which will be used as well.

ICL communication is necessary for operation of fluid samplers and for chemical sensor deployment. Three serial connections are required.

For Leg 2 CORK optical modem program:
Will need the ODI underwater connector installed on Alvin to plug into CORKs for data download.
We will install optical modem hardware on Alvin for communication tests. Various parts of this system have been used previously on Alvin (2010) and ROV Jason (2011/2012).
We will also have Alvin trasnport to the seafloor and deploy a standalone seafloor optical lander and then recover it after testing on a second dive.
Alvin will recover the two optical modems installed at the CORKs bringing them to the surface.
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? yes
Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements? yes
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? yes
Voltage required null
Power required
Data Interface
Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Alvin User Manual? yes
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? no
Hydraulic schematic of the equipment requirements.
Does this equipment require manipulation? yes
If yes, please describe how the equipment is to be manipulated:
The DEMS system will be carried by Alvin from its wire deployment location, a metal bar raised by an attached robe, and a large handle moved from horizontal pointing right to horizontal pointing left.

The VentCam system will be transported by Alvin from its wire deployment location to its final deployment location, and Alvin will be required to manipulate the tripod head so that the camera housing is pointing toward the vent flow of interest.

Hydrothermal vent fluid sampling and sensor deployment (UM) will require manipulation by alvin
Will this equipment be deployed off the vehicle? yes
If yes, please describe how the equipment is intended for deployment:
The DEMS system will be placed over a diffuse effluent source and left to capture imagery for ~1-2 weeks until recovered by flotation or attachment to a line on Alvin.

Optical modem equipment is deisgned to fit on the Alvin basket and to be moved using the manipulator.

Chemical sensor deployments and fluid sampling will require stationary positioning in vent fluid. Other equipment will be off-loaded from ALVIN at vent sites for time series measurments
If yes, will the equipment be disconnected from the vehicle and left in situ? yes
How long will the deployment be? 12  Days
Will the equipment be recovered by the same vehicle? yes
Do you intend to recover any other previously deployed equipment? yes
If yes, please describe this equipment:
As noted above (UM) will off-load some chemical sensor packages for time series measurments and recovered 2-3 days later

Leg 2
Alvin will be recovering optical modems previously installed at two CORK sites. These have been deployed for 2 years (2012).
Alvin will also recover our new 3G optical modem deployed a day earlier following testing by Sentry.
Does this equipment use any glass spheres for either buoyancy or as pressure housings? yes
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:
UM- In summary will required dedicated serial (ICL) communication capabilities ( 3 lines) during the course of the cruise (leg) that these activies will occur
Navy Clearance:
Requested 08 July 2014:
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 45-56N 130-01W DURING PERIOD 140000T JUL THRU 062400T AUG 14.
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 46-04N 130-00W DURING PERIOD 140000T JUL THRU 062400T AUG 14.
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 47-53N 128-39W DURING PERIOD 140000T JUL THRU 062400T AUG 14.
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 47-55N 129-07W DURING PERIOD 140000T JUL THRU 062400T AUG 14.
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 47-57N 129-06W DURING PERIOD 140000T JUL THRU 062400T AUG 14.
WITHIN 10 NM RADIUS OF 48-26N 128-43W DURING PERIOD 140000T JUL THRU 062400T AUG 14.

Scientific Instrumentation for AUV Sentry



Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect?Leg 1 program will be providing an ADV and SBE3s for Sentry. These have already been wired into Sentry. null null

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

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?yes
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV AbeSentry no
Has this equipment been used on AbeSentry 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.
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? no
Has the pressure case been tested to the anticipated depth of deployment?& 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 data or a power interface from the vehicle? no
Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Sentry User Manual? no

Cameras & Video

Digital Still Camera: Color

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
Leg 1 will require detailed Sentry near-bottom multibeam and sidescan mapping over study area around Ashes Vent Field to base location of vent camera deployments
-- Will want the Reson and Sidescan on the vehicle.

For leg 2: optical modem testing ops, and potentially the reson for mapping 857D and 858G region

Checklist & Notes

Checklist

U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Apr 4, 2014
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

United States (Astoria, OR)

Master R/V ATLANTIS
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT26-17 a&b
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

**NOTE
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:

Tami Herman, Facilities Manager / Finance Department
(503) 741-3332 (office)
(503) 298-0654 (cell)
(503) 741-3345 (fax)
tami@portofastoria.com

 Esther Jones, Administrative Assistant
(503) 741-3300 (Office)
admin@portofastoria.com

Port of Astoria Direct Line:  (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

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  Shipping information for any equipment and supplies should be communicated to the Agent and to WHOI contacts.

Countries:
n/a
Notes:
none req.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no

Checklist

SSSG Tech:
Catie Graver and Dave Simms
Loading July 12 and 13 - Astoria OR.
Demobe Aug 6, arrival day and Aug 7th.