Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Atlantis


ROV Jason

Cruise Party

William Chadwick: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
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: Jul 18, 2011

Astoria, Oregon, USA

Arrival: Aug 1, 2011

Astoria, Oregon, USA

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).

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: May 10 teleconference


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

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

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 0725605, 0819004, 0851540, 0623554
Funding Agency: NOAA
Grant or contract number: PMEL

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

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

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
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?no


Navigation Notes:


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes:

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no

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


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:

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Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Apr 19, 2011
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

Attn: Scientist's Name - AT18-07
Inchcape Shipping Services
2323 NW Suffolk Street
Portland, OR  97210

Mailing Address:
Suite 200,
PO Box 5307
Portland, OR 97228-5307

Phone: +1 503 226 3093 (24 Hrs)
Fax: +1 503 525 6040
Telex: 3774438 isswcoast
Email: iss.portland@iss-shipping.com
Website: ISS Portland OR Microsite 

Contact:  Gary Martinke
Tel:   503 525-6026
Fax:  503 525-6040
Mobile:  503 780-4295

Email: iss.portland@iss-shipping.com

NOTEFor large packages and shipments, ship to the following address and notify Ship's Agent as well as Rita Fahrney, contact information below:

Rita Fahrney rfahrney@portofastoria.com

Port of Astoria Tel: 503 325-4521

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Port of Astoria
422 Gateway Avenue
Suite 100
Astoria, OR   97103

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
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: