Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis


ROV Jason

Cruise Party

Doug Toomey: Principal Investigator
University of Oregon USA
+1 541 346 5576

Anne Trehu: Chief Scientist
Corvallis, OR USA 97331-5503
+1 541 737 2655

Departure: Jun 25, 2013

Astoria OR

Arrival: Jul 9, 2013

Astoria OR

Operations Area

Continental margin of Oregon and California
Lat/Lon: 45° 0.0′ N / 125° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 30 / 3000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

Recover ocean bottom seismometers for the Cascadia Initiative (CI).  The CI has multiple science objectives related to structure and dynamics of the Juan de Fuca plate and Cascadia subduction zone.

Science Activities

Recover 30 ocean bottom seismometers. 20 of the instruments are of a trawl-resistant design that may require use of Jason for recovery.  The others are released from their anchor and float to the sea surface for recovery.  If there were problems recovering some of the OBSs during the 2 previous CIET recovery cruise, we will try to recover those also using Jason if necessary.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Media personnel on board: Video
1-2 representatives from Bob Ballard's Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) may participate in this cruise, depending on whether funds can be obtained by them to set up adequate communications capability.


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1139701

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position

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

MET Sensors

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


Other Portable Winch
Winch Notes: Winch Pool MASH2K portable winch to recover 10 OBS's through A Frame.

Wire use and application

Trawl Winch with .680 Coax
Winch Notes: to be determined by Andrew Barclay in discussion with Matt Heinz.

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no
Science Van 1
Type/size: Jason Vans. Location:
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: MASH2K winch
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: Jason and Media.

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?noDescribe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Jason

Current Chart(s):

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Site Survey

Will you provide detailed charts of the work area(s)?no
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? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?no
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no
What type of samples do you expect to collect?No samples being collected


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?no
If yes, how many would you anticipate?

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Jason no
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.
No added equipment requried.
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? no
If yes, what is the pressure rating?
and test pressure?
Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements? no
Pressure 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?

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - Voyage #
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

All packages and shipments should be sent to the following address with shipping notification sent to WHOI contacts, Ship's Agent and Rita Fahrney, contact information below:

Rita Fahrney rfahrney@portofastoria.com
Phone:  (503) 741-3330

Port of Astoria Tel: 503 325-4521

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Port of Astoria
#10 Pier One
Suite 103
Astoria, OR   97103

Note: Agent and WHOI personnel Eric Benway (ebenway@whoi.edu) and Kerry Heywood (kheywood@whoi.edu)  should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts
USA only
None requiree - this is a US port to port cruise.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Rob Hagg and Dave Simms
Loading, mob and demob take place in Astoria.  4 day mob for Jason.