Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Atlantis


HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

Lisa Levin: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA USA 92093-0218
+1 858 534 3579

Departure: Jan 6, 2010

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Arrival: Jan 13, 2010

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Operations Area

Costa Rica
Lat/Lon: 80° 0.0′ N / 84° 18.75′ W
Depth Range: 700 / 1900
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Costa Rica
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

• Recover colonization experiments on Mound 12 (carbonate, wood, tubeworms, shells). Processs these at sea.
• Background collections of wood, active carbonate (especially dolomite) rock and biotic (mussel, tube) substrates
• Characterization of chemical regimes at colonization sites
• Possible Archaea C fixation/ production experiments with 13C or 15N2 using background or colonizer fauna

Science Activities

• ALVIN CTD and water sampling at active and inactive seep sites having colonization experiments.

• Coring seep (mat, clam) sediments in specific locations across a range of O2 levels if time.
• Follow-up collection of new species (including yeti crabs, folliculinid cilliates, mussels, clams, crustaceans, annelids etc)
*collection of microbial mat on rocks
* Revisit Jaco scarp.. sample tubeworm bushes and other fauna
Night Operations:
* Nighttime off seep CTD casts with Rosette to examine ENSO signals and compare to 2009
* Multibeam mapping as needed (pre dive)

DIVE LOCATIONS: Mound 12 (900-11000 m, 8deg 55.8’N, 84deg 18.75’W)
Backup dive locations: Mound 11 (1000-1025 m, 8deg 55.4’N, 84deg 18.24’W)
Jaco Wall (1775-1850 m, 9deg 7.05’ N 84deg 50.36’ W)

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Meeting was held on Nov 4th. Dutch, Eric, Pat, David Lisa, Bruce, AD, techs


  Station 1
  Distance: 62
  Days: null
  Latitude: 9° 7.05’ N
  Longitude: 84° 50.36’ W

  Station 2
  Distance: 70
  Days: null
  Latitude: 8° 55.4’ N
  Longitude: 84° 18.24’ W

  Station 3
  Distance: 70
  Days: null
  Latitude: 80° 55.8’ N
  Longitude: 84° 18.75’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 0939557

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Deionized Water System
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Fume Hood

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer

Critical CTD Sensors

Sediment Sampling

Box corer

Sample Storage

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


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? yes
How many nets? 1
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?yes

Standard Oceanographic Cables

  Instrument(s) Instrument Weight(s) Maximum Depth
Conducting Hydro: CTD
Hydro: plankton net (possibly)
Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van

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? yes
Details: Gear elevator with Alvin ops

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:yes
Small Boat Operations:no
SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:
Spill kits are on board. All hazardous materials will be stored in the chem van during transits. MSDS forms are on board. Hazardous materials will be removed from the ship when it docks in San Diego

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
CTD ops and Seabeam
Other required equipment and special needs:
    Critical CTD sensors:
oxygen, temp, pressure, fluorescence

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Alvin

Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect?Alvin CTD null 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


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? yes
How many nets? 1
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations?yes

Vehicle Equipment

Push corers (12-pack rack)
Low temperature probe
Scoop nets
Search sonar
Small capacity slurp samplers
Large capacity slurp samplers: single-chamber
Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 12
Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 24


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?yes
If yes, how many would you anticipate? 5

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.
Additional Bio boxes supplied by PIs
PI has requested to use one transponder/homer probe on equipment that will be deployed for several days.
Gear Elevator will be deployed on 4 of the 6 dive days before the dive
Transponder net may not be needed if USBL is used.
PI has asked for more information on Reson and the type of data it provides

Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? no
Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements? 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 a power interface from Alvin? no
Voltage required null
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 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
Do you intend to recover any other previously deployed equipment? no
If yes, please describe this equipment:
Does this equipment use any glass spheres for either buoyancy or as pressure housings? no
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:
Running seawater required on deck
Walk in cold room and walk in freezer required
Access to 2-3 refrigerators required... in main lab, chem lab and back (hydro) lab
PI requests sink on deck to process cores.
-requests to borrow small expedition leaders fridge for aft lab
-would like multi core as backup to Alvin coring
Navy Clearance:
Navy Clearance
Requested 12/28/09:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted:
Date Approved: Dec 3, 2009
Agent Information:

Costa Rica
Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
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

Local Address for Large Shipments:
Aptdo 76
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Attn: Manuel Fernandez
Phone: 011-506-2661-1529
Fax: 011-506-2661-2779

Manuel Fernandez, cell #011 506 8862 6787
Juan Carlos Fernandez, cell #  011 506 8840 8530

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts

Costa Rica, clearance has been approved
4455 submitted in San Diego in Oct when gear was loaded at Marfac.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
one female one male
Science gear loaded in San Diego in Oct
PI has requested to leave gear onboard until Altantis returns to SD in April.
Has also requested to leave samples onboard. Has not been confirmed yet if there is space.
-PI request to leave 10 buckets of smaples in chems in chem van. AD gave ok for this.

Winch and multi core will be loaded in CR between Jan 3-4th.
Rathburn: arrives in CR on Jan 3
Orphan: arrive in CR on 3/4
Greg and Levin (14 people): Fly on 4th arrive late that night. Will stay ashore and board ship on am of 5th.

PI will need to stay onboard until late afternoon on the day of arrival.