Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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AT39-01 North Pond CORKs


R/V Atlantis


ROV Jason

Cruise Party

Keir Becker: Principal Investigator
Univ. Miami, RSMAS USA
+1 305 421 4661
Becker Keir

Peter Girguis: Principal Investigator
16 Divinity Ave room 3085 Cambridge, MA United States 02138
+1 617 496 8328

Julie Huber: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Watson Building , MS#51 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2556

Beth Orcutt: Principal Investigator
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
+1 999 999 9999 ext. 999999
Beth Orcutt

Grieg Steward: Principal Investigator
1950 East-West Rd, CMORE Hale Honolulu, HI USA 96822
+1 808 354 1652

Geoffrey Wheat: Principal Investigator, Chief Scientist
University of Alaska Fairbanks P.O. BOX 757200 Fairbanks, AK USA 99775
+1 831 633 7033

Departure: Oct 2, 2017

Woods Hole

Arrival: Nov 1, 2017

Bridgetown, Barbados

Operations Area

North Pond
Lat/Lon: 22° 45.0′ N / 46° 5.0′ W
Depth Range: 4400 / 4600
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? We will be in the middle of nowhere
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Collect fluids from the CORKs at North Pond. Recover the down hole samplers that are in the boreholes.  Fish for one sampler that was deployed within a CORK, much like we did with Alvin on the Juan de Fuca. Also collect fluid that vent from the CORKs and potentially measure flow rates.  Also download pressure data. Collect fluids for viruses (filter for 3 days)

Science Activities

Collect lots of water from the CORKs and recover the downhole instruments

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Teleconference June 13, 2017


  Station 1
  Distance: null
  Days: null
  Latitude: 22° 45.0’ N
  Longitude: 46° 5.0’ W

Supporting documentation:

Notes: Jason group has requested to load vans on the fwd 02 deck.


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 339687

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Relay Transponder for Wire Use
Transponder Navigation - Sonardyne USBL

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

Critical CTD Sensors

Sample Storage

Climate Controlled Walk-in
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Storage Notes: We would like both walk-in refrigeration usnits set to 4C

We would like to have liquid nitrogen on board


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: We have nice maps of the area but if we run into problems we have other areas (nearby) that we would like to map.


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Winch Notes: Need to do several CTDs to collect lots of bottom seawater near the two primary CORKS

Wire use and application

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire
Winch Notes: Need to do several CTDs to collect lots of bottom seawater near the two primary CORKS

Standard Oceanographic Cables

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: We should be able to use Jason to recover the down hole systems

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:
Just regular lab use (chemicals).  We will bring MSDS sheets and spill kit materials.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Assumeing that we will work around the clock.
Other required equipment and special needs:

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Jason

Current Chart(s):

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? no
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
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?if things go well we will focus on the wellheads with a coring stop at a site of discharge. Can we get the chirp sonar on Jason? We need the low temperature probe.


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?yes
If yes, how many would you anticipate? The under elevator on the first dive and maybe a few others.

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Jason yes
Has this equipment been used on Jason before? yes
Please give a brief description of the equipment, its intended purpose, the cruise # it was last used on if any and its deployment method.
Large volume sampler from Univeristy of Hawaii (Cowen's)
Oxygen optode
Pressure download system (ODI) for CORKS
flow meter - updated from Juan de Fuca
Andy Fisher's heat flow probe
Squeezer water samplers
Fishing harpoon - Used with Alvin in 2014
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? yes
If yes, what is the pressure rating?
and test pressure?
Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements? yes
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?
Does the equipment require data or a power interface from the vehicle? yes
Does this equipment require hydraulic inputs from the vehicle? no
Hydraulic schematic of the equipment requirements.
Does this equipment require manipulation? yes
If yes, please describe how the equipment is to be manipulated:
jason has done all of this before
Will this equipment be deployed off the vehicle? yes
If yes, please describe how the equipment is intended for deployment:
Some thing may be left on the wellhead for a day or three.
If yes, will the equipment be disconnected from the vehicle and left in situ? yes
How long will the deployment be? 3  Days
Will the equipment be recovered by the same vehicle? yes
If recovering equipment deployed with another vehicle, provide pressure rating:
and test pressure:
Does this equipment use any glass spheres for either buoyancy or as pressure housings? no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?no
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
We need to recover the downhole samplers so we will need the sling and use Medea as a pulling system with a weak link or with the new single body Jason configuration

Also we will need to fish for one of the downhole samplers like we did with Alvin on the Juan de Fuca.

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: