Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

DSV Alvin 4500m Certification Dive


R/V Atlantis


HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

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

Departure: Arica, Chile on Jan 25, 2015

Arrival: Arica, Chile on Jan 29, 2015

Mobilization Date: Jan 24, 2015

Demobilization Date: Jan 29, 2015

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area: 90 nm W/SW of Arica, Chile

Lat/Lon: 19° 11.0′ S / 17° 21.0′ W

Depth Range: 4500m / max (m)

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Chile
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

This cruise is intended to accomplish a series of up to 3 Alvin dives in order to increase Alvin's maximum certified dive depth to 4500m. NAVSEA will participate in the cruise, including participation on the actual certifcation dive, as a part of the 4500 m certification process.

Science Activities

Dive 1: 'warm up' dive to prepare the sub for operations to 4500m. Dive one is likely to be at depths at or near 3800 m, Alvin's current certification depth. 

Dive 2: Possible certification dive (depending on performance of Dive 1)
Dive 3: Contigency dive (weather, equipment issues etc) - optional based on results of Dive 1 and 2

No science other than Alvin certification and engineering evaluation diving is planned

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI

should be able to have all folks here at WHOI for a quick meeting if needed


  Cert Dive Area
  Distance: 76
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 19° 12.6’ S
  Longitude: 71° 24.0’ W

Funding Agency: ONR/NAVY #ONR , NSF

- added ONR/NAVY #ONR on Jan 8, 2015 12:11 PM by Eric Benway
- added NSF on Jan 6, 2015 4:08 PM by W. Bruce Strickrott

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL

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: 

Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations? no



Navigation Notes: Normal Alvin USBL navigation with standard Atlantis shipboard GPS inputs

Winch Notes:

Wire Notes:
Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Other Science Vans:

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

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? no

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

Other required equipment and special needs: 

HOV Alvin

Site Survey

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

Current Chart(s):

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

Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations? yes

Vehicle Equipment

Profiling sonar
Search sonar

What type of samples do you expect to collect?


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?  no

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.

Does this equipment use an external pressure housing?  no

Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements?  no

Air weight of this equipment?

Water weight(s) of this equipment?

Does the equipment require a power interface from Alvin?  no

Voltage required

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 Alvin?  no
Hydraulic schematic of the equipment requirements.

Does this equipment require manipulation?  no

If yes, please describe how the equipment is to be manipulated: 

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?  no

If yes, please describe this equipment: 

Does this equipment use any glass spheres, ceramic housings or similar (non-metallic materials) for either buoyancy or as pressure housings?  no

Do you require any electronic equipment in the personal 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

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:

Date Submitted: Jan 8, 2015 12:11 PM by Eric Benway