Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Atlantis


AUV Sentry

Cruise Party

Eric Stolzenberg: Chief Scientist
NTSB Washington, DC, USA
+1 202 314 6496

Morgan Turrell: Principal Investigator
+1 202 314 6106

Departure: Apr 15, 2016

Bridgetown Barbados

Arrival: May 5, 2016

Woods Hole MA

Operations Area

Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science Objectives

This is a 10 day AUV search of the El Faro's Voyage Data Recorder (VDR).  Sentry will be the primary piece of equipment.  If warranted the Alvin observation vehicle will be deployed for live video feed.

Science Activities

AUV Sentry operations - continous.
Alvin Observation Vehilcle if needed
Telepresense for NTSB updates and news from ship to shore.
Possible media visiting ship while on station (TBD).

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 01234

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
ADCP 75 kHz
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL
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

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:
Winch Notes:
Winch Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no
Science Van 1
Type/size: Sentry Vehicle Van Location: 01 Deck
Water: Power:
Science Van 2
Type/size: Sentry tool van Location: Main Deck
Water: Power:

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: yes Identify Sentry Tool Van
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 AUV Sentry

Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect? 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?yes
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV AbeSentry no
Has this equipment been used on AbeSentry 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 case been tested to the anticipated depth of deployment?& 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 data or a power interface from the vehicle? no
Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Sentry User Manual? no

Cameras & Video

Digital Still Camera: Color

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:

Checklist & Notes


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



NOTE:  WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications with Agents.  Please send shipping information for all equipment and supplies to the Agent and to all WHOI contacts

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name
c/o Massy Trading, A division of Massy Distribution (Barbados) Ltd.

Shipping Division
Brandons Complex
St. Michael
Phone: (246) 430-4809; (246) 430-4825

Primary Contact: Anthony Oliver, Operations Coordinator*
Email Addressmailto:anthony.oliver@massygroup.com
Tel. no. (246) 430-4809
Cell no. (246) 231-5382
Fax: (246) 431-0878 or (246) 431-0051

*Note: All requests and correspondence should be sent to Anthony Oliver at the email address above with copies to Arlin Kellman and David Priddee.

Contact: Arlin Kellman, Manager of the Shipping Division
Email Address: mailto:arlin.kellman@massygroup.com
Tel. No. (246) 430-4804
Cell no. (246) 230-4353
Fax: (246) 431-0878 or (246) 431-0051

David Priddee, Operations Manager
Email Address: mailto:david.priddee@massygroup.com

Tel. no. (246) 430-4819
Cell no. (246) 231-5348
Fax: (246) 431-0878 or (246) 431-0051

United States (Woods Hole, MA)

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name - Voy#
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact:  Chad Smith
Phone: (508) 289-3811
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: csmith@whoi.edu

Barbados,  Bahamas (no port call), WHOI USA
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Catie Graver, Dave Sims
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