Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

El Faro VDR search


R/V Atlantis


AUV Sentry

Cruise Party

Morgan Turrell: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
+1 202 314 6106

Departure: Bridgetown Barbados on Apr 15, 2016

Arrival: Woods Hole MA on May 5, 2016

Mobilization Date: Apr 14, 2016

Demobilization Date: May 6, 2016

Supporting documentation:

Operations Area:


Depth Range: min / max (m)

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science objectives

This is a 10 day AUV search of the El Faro's Voyage Data Recorder (VDR).  Sentry will be the primary piece of equipment.  If warranted the Alvin observation vehicle will be deployed for live video feed.

Science Activities

AUV Sentry operations - continous.
Alvin Observation Vehilcle if needed
Telepresense for NTSB updates and news from ship to shore.
Possible media visiting ship while on station (TBD).

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference


Funding Agency: NSF #01234

- added NSF #01234 on Feb 29, 2016 1:55 PM by Eric Benway

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet
Is there an expectation to use Skype or any other real-time video conference program?

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:

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:

Other Science Vans:
Science Van 1
Type/size: Sentry tool van Location: Main Deck
Water: Power:
Science Van 2
Type/size: Sentry Vehicle Van Location: 01 Deck
Water: Power:

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: yes Identify: Sentry Tool Van
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: no
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? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

Other required equipment and special needs: 

AUV Sentry

Site Survey

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

Current Chart(s):

If no, will you need Sentry 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? yes

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes

What type of samples do you expect to collect?

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used with AUV Sentry?  no

Has this equipment been used on Sentry 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

Air weight(s) of this equipment?

Water weight(s) of this equipment?

Does the equipment require data or a power interface from the vehicle?

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:

Date Submitted: Feb 29, 2016 2:00 PM by Eric Benway