Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Atlantis


HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

W. Strickrott: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Smith 301, MS#17 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3860

Departure: Jan 25, 2015

Arica, Chile

Arrival: Jan 29, 2015

Arica, Chile

Operations Area

90 nm W/SW of Arica, Chile
Lat/Lon: 19° 11.0′ S / 17° 21.0′ W
Depth Range: 4500m / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Chile
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

. The Alvin Operations Group and NAVSEA plan to dive DSV Alvin in an area approximately 60 nautical miles off of the coast of Chile.  This cruise is intended to accomplish a series of up to 3 Alvin dives in order to increase Alvin's maximum certified dive depth to 4500m. NAVSEA will participate in the cruise, including participation on the actual certifcation dive, as a part of the 4500 m certification process.

The first dive will be an engineering test dive to a depth of approximately 3800m in preparation for the deeper follow on dives. Dive two and three will be scheduled to take the submersible to the maximum design depth of 4500m. No additional dives are planned for this period.

No scientific operations are planned for this series and no sampling will occur during the three dives or time at sea.

Science Activities

Dive 1: 'warm up' dive to prepare the sub for operations to 4500m. Dive one is likely to be at depths at or near 3800 m, Alvin's current certification depth. 

Dive 2: Possible certification dive (depending on performance of Dive 1)
Dive 3: Contigency dive (weather, equipment issues etc) - optional based on results of Dive 1 and 2

No science other than Alvin certification and engineering evaluation diving is planned

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Visit WHOI
Meeting Notes: should be able to have all folks here at WHOI for a quick meeting if needed


  Cert Dive Area
  Distance: 76
  Days: 3
  Latitude: 19° 12.6’ S
  Longitude: 71° 24.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: ONR/NAVY
Grant or contract number: ONR
Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number:

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL

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?

Critical CTD Sensors

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: Normal Alvin USBL navigation with standard Atlantis shipboard GPS inputs
Winch Notes:
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: 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? 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?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?no
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Alvin

Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect?none null null null

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 for other than Alvin operations?yes

Vehicle Equipment

Profiling sonar
Search sonar


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 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.
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:
Navy Clearance:
Approved 1/23/2015:
WITHIN 50 NM RADIUS OF 19-06S 071-31W DURING PERIOD 250000T THRU 292400T JAN 15

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

Chile (Arica)

Primary Agent:
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  

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT26-27
Edificio Empresarial
Arturo Prat 391, piso 15, Of. 154

Contact: Claudio Silva
Phone: (56-58) 584495
Fax: (56-58) 230088
Cell: (56-9)-93469068
Email: csilva@agunsa.cl, agunsaari@agunsa.cl

AGUNSA Chile Head Office Contact: Gonzalo J. De la Sotta
Ship's Operations
Valparaiso Head Office
Phone: (56-32)-2556282
Fax: (56-32)-2257586
Cell: (56-9)-97484109
email: gdelasotta@agunsa.cl, operations@agunsa.cl

Note: Agent, Subagent, AGUNSA Chile Head Office and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agents and WHOI contacts

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


SSSG Tech:
Allison Heater & Catie Graver