Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

The Next 'SEEPC Barbados 2011'


R/V Atlantis


ROV Jason

Cruise Party

Cliff Cunningham: Principal Investigator
Duke University 130 Science Drive Durham, NC US 27708
+1 919 660 7356

David Eggleston: Principal Investigator
NC State University 303 College Circle Morehead City, NC US 27695
+1 919 515 7840

Ruoying He: Principal Investigator
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC US 27695
+1 919 513 0249

Svetlana Maslakova: Principal Investigator
University of Oregon P.O. BOX 5389 Charleston, OR US 97420
+1 541 888 2581 ext. 309

Cindy Van Dover: Principal Investigator, Chief Scientist
Duke University Marine Laboratory 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd Beaufort, NC US 28516
+1 252 504 7655

Craig Young: Principal Investigator
University of Oregon Oregon Institute of Marine Biology P.O. BOX 5389 Charleston, OR US 97420
+1 541 888 2581 ext. 299

Departure: Bridgetown Barbados on Jun 1, 2012

Arrival: Bridgetown Barbados on Jun 17, 2012

Mobilization Date: May 30, 2012

Demobilization Date: Jun 18, 2012

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: Barbados Accretionary Wedge

Lat/Lon: 11° 14.0′ N / 59° 22.0′ W

Depth Range: 1000 / 2200

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

Science objectives

Mooring recoveries and sampling at 3 Barbados seep sites (El Pilar, Orenoque A, Orenoque B) plus MOCNESS tows and some mapping (multibeam, CHIRP).  We may add sample sites if we are able to undertake an advance SENRY survey in the region (pending request). Our aim would be to add new sites separated by as much as 150-200 km max along a depth gradient and along an isobath.  Use of SENTRY would allow us to undertake precision sampling of known sites, 1 to 1.5 days per station at each of 6 to 8 seep stations.  This is part of the Seep Connectivity Project funded by NSF to investigate historical and contemporary linkages among Barbados, Gulf of Mexico, and Blake Ridge seep species.

We anticipate a two-leg mission, with a small-boat personnel exchange no later than 6 am on 8 June.

Note: We may choose to do Orenoque A and B first; details will depend on whether we get SENTRY time and on teh timing of the personnel exchange.

Science Activities

At each site:
1) Sub-bottom profiling to locate seep areas
2) MOCNESS tows for larval sampling
3) Mooring recoveries (current meter, 2 sediment/larval traps per mooring)
4) INtensive sampling os seep fauna for genetic and reproduction studies

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference


  Orenoque B
  Distance: 15
  Days: 5
  Latitude: 10° 19.8’ N
  Longitude: 58° 37.4’ W

  Orenoque A
  Distance: 60
  Days: 5
  Latitude: 10° 19.67’ N
  Longitude: 58° 53.325’ W

  El Pilar
  Distance: 110
  Days: 5
  Latitude: 11° 14.0’ N
  Longitude: 59° 22.0’ W

Funding Agency: NSF #OCE-1031050

- added NSF #OCE-1031050 on Dec 26, 2011 10:48 AM by Prof Cindy Lee Van Dover

R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Relay Transponder for Wire Use
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL
Science Underway Seawater System

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?

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors: 

MET Sensors

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

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
Mooring / TSE winch

Winch Notes: winches needed for MOCNESS, CTD, and Jason

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: Berth Van Location:
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: yes Type: MOCNESS 150 um 0.5 m^2 mouth

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? yes

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): MOCNESS technician

Other required equipment and special needs: 

ROV Jason

Site Survey

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

Current Chart(s):

If no, willl you need Jason to generate maps of the work area(s)?  yes

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


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? yes

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

Sensors & Samplers

Large capacity slurp samplers (Single Chamber)
Large capacity slurp samplers (Multi-chamber)
Push corers
Scoop nets
What type of samples do you expect to collect?
macroinvertebrates - mussels, sponges, clams, etc


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?  yes

If yes, how many would you anticipate?  5

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?  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

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

Or has the pressure case been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements?  no

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?  no

Does this equipment require hydraulic inputs from the vehicle?  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

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:
We need advice on navigation - I am unsure whether we need LBL.
Date Submitted: Mar 8, 2012 9:20 AM by Eric Benway