Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

Axial/Endeavour 2011


R/V Atlantis


ROV Jason

Cruise Party

William Chadwick: Principal Investigator, Chief Scientist
2115 SE OSU Drive Newport, OR USA 97365
+1 541 867 0179

Robert Embley: Principal Investigator
NOAA / Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) 2115 SE O.S.U. Dr. Newport, , OR USA 97365-5258
+1 541 867 0275

Raymond Lee: Principal Investigator
Washington State University Pullman, WA USA 99164
+1 509 335 5727

Marvin Lilley: Principal Investigator
University of Washington School of Oceanography P.O. BOX 355351 Seattle, WA USA 98195
+1 206 543 0959

Mark Zumberge: Principal Investigator
+1 858 534 3533

Departure: Astoria, Oregon, USA on Jul 18, 2011

Arrival: Astoria, Oregon, USA on Aug 1, 2011

Mobilization Date: Jul 17, 2011

Demobilization Date: Aug 3, 2011

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Axial Seamount and Endeavour segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge

Lat/Lon: 46° 0.0′ N / 130° 0.0′ W

Depth Range: 1500 / 2200

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

Science objectives

This expedition consists of multiple projects lead by different PIs, funded by the NSF, NOAA, and a Chinese University.  All the projects involve Jason dives at either Axial Seamount or Endeavour segment.  The ROV dives will make geophysical measurements of volcano inflation, collect coordinated hydrothermal vent fluid samples for chemical and microbial analysis, and recover and deploy seafloor monitoring instruments in and around hydrothermal vent sites.  Mooring deployments and recoveries between ROV dives at Axial (all moorings short <40 m tall; 3 BPRs, 1 OBH, 1 RAS).

Science Activities

Please see "Science Activities" file, attached as supporting documentation.  Also attached is a tentative shiptrack for the cruise (Astoria -> Axial -> Endeavour -> Astoria), an example of one of the moorings that we will be recovering and deploying, and a file of "known obstables" at Axial Seamount (currently deployed moorings).

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference

May 10 teleconference


  Endeavour segment
  Distance: 230
  Days: 6
  Latitude: 27° 54.0’ N
  Longitude: 129° 6.0’ W

  Axial Seamount
  Distance: 250
  Days: 6
  Latitude: 46° 0.0’ N
  Longitude: 130° 0.0’ W

Funding Agency: NSF #0725605, 0819004, 0851540, 0623554, NOAA #PMEL

- added NSF #0725605, 0819004, 0851540, 0623554, added NOAA #PMEL on Mar 14, 2011 2:40 PM by William Chadwick

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

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

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

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

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Sample Storage

Climate Controlled Walk-in
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer

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:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire

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: yes Type: Ship's crane
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: no
SCUBA Diving Operations: no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? yes

Describe deployment method and quantity:
Hazardous material information will be provided to the ship before the cruise.  These are mainly chemicals which will be used inside the ship's labs.

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): Multibeam sonar mapping is unlikely, but possible if there is extended downtime with Jason.  "Night time" work is selected only because the Jason operations will probably be around the clock.

Other required equipment and special needs: 

ROV Jason

Site Survey

Will you provide detailed charts of the work area(s)?  yes

Current Chart(s):

If no, willl you need Jason 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

Sensors & Samplers

Large capacity slurp samplers (Single Chamber)
Major water sampler(s)
Scoop nets
Search Sonar
What type of samples do you expect to collect?
Vent fluid samples (with Dave Butterfield's sampler), sulfide samples, biological samples


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?  no

If yes, how many would you anticipate? 

Cameras & Video

Video & Photo data

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Jason?

Has this equipment been used on Jason 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.
See Science Activities Supplemental Document

Does this equipment use an external pressure housing?  yes

If yes, what is the pressure rating?  2500
and test pressure? 

Or has the pressure case been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements?  yes

Housing schematic with dimensions and include air and water weights.

Does the equipment have an associated computer or control panel for remote operation from the personnel sphere?  no

Air weight of this equipment? 

Water weight of this equipment? 

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

Does this equipment require hydraulic inputs from the vehicle?  yes
How many?  
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.
See Science Activities Supplemental Document

Will this equipment be deployed off the vehicle?  yes

If yes, please describe how the equipment is intended for deployment.
See Science Activities Supplemental Document

If yes, will the equipment be disconnected from the vehicle and left in situ?  yes

How long will the deployment be? 

Will the equipment be recovered by the same vehicle?  yes

If recovering equipment deployed with another vehicle, provide pressure rating: 
and test pressure: 

Does this equipment use any glass spheres for either buoyancy or as pressure housings?  no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? no

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:

Date Submitted: May 6, 2011 3:23 PM by Eric Benway