Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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AT42-12: Kelley OOI RCA


R/V Atlantis


ROV Jason

Cruise Party

Deborah Kelley: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Univerity of Washington, School of Oceanography 1501 NE Boat St P.O. BOX 357940 Seattle, WA USA 98195
+1 206 685 9556

Departure: Jun 2, 2019

NOAA Neport Oregon

Arrival: Jul 9, 2019

NOAA Newport Oregon

Operations Area

Cascadia margin off of Newport Oregon and Axial Seamount
Depth Range: 80 / 290
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? No
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

This is the annual maintenance cruise for NSF's Ocean Observatories Initiative Regional Cabled Array. The main objective is to complete all required turns (recovery and reinstallation) of infrastructure and to complete add-on PI work funded by NSF, ONR, and the German government.  The cruise will require four legs (see attachment), Newport-Newport working in 5 main locations - Oregon Shelf (80 m water depth); Oregon Offshore (600 m); Slope Base (2900 m); Axial Base (2700 m); and Axial Summit (1500 m). A detailed cruise plan for each leg wil be provided including individual dive summaries, maps etc.

Science Activities

The objectives include recovering and replacing a two-legged shallow profiler mooring at the Axial Base site (~22 hr steam from Newport Oregon), turning (recoverying and reinstalling) of three Deep Profiler vehicles on moorings; turning numerous secondary junction boxes, and ~100 instruments.

The cruise will include 4 legs  Newport - Newport. In addition to the Cabled Array work, we will also be installing: 1) an NSF-funded PI geophysical instrument (AOA: W. Wilcock-UW) at the summit of Axial Seamount; 2) recovering and perhaps reinstalling a multibeam sonar (COVIS: K. Bemis Rutgers University) in the ASHES hydrothermal field on Axial; 3) recovering and reinstalling a multibeam sonar (OVERVIEW: Y. Marcon  and G. Bohrmann, MARUM - Bremen University), as well as a 4K camera at Southern Hydrate Ridge; 4) recoverying an uncalbed instrument from the OR Offshore site (C. Reimers - ONR) and perhaps installing another uncabled instrument at Southern Hydrate Ridge); and 5) installing a cabled camera system and uncabled platform in the ASHES hydrothermal field (HTEV: J. Breedlove-ONR). We will also conduct multiple CTD sampling casts for follow-on analyses for instrument verification, limited sampling of gases usign IGT bottles, and sampling of sediments with push cores.

Attached files that will be helpful include: overview image,  high level summary of the schedule for each leg (arrive-depart-mobe/demobe), draft deck layouts, and high level summary of locations for major infrastructure at each of the sites. 

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Will plan a meeting shipboard when ship is in San Diego prior to cruise - likely in March


Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: OOI UW A127457

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Fume Hood
Navigation - Heading
Navigation - Position
Science Underway Seawater System
Sippican XBT System (Mark 21)
Transducer well for visiting instrumentation
Deionized Water System

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?

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
Biospherical underwater PAR (1000m depth limit) with reference Surface PAR
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)
Wet Labs ECO-AFL fluorometer
Wet Labs FLNTURTD Combination Flourometer and Turbidity Sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

pH to 2900 m if possible, we have a shallow water one if needed

MET Sensors

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

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
Scientific Walk-in Refrigerator
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: We will bring our Heavy Lift and Medium Lift OOI winches and spoolers. Will provide winch information later - have been used on the R/V Thompson and R/V Revelle.
Winch Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no
Science Van 1
Type/size: Cabled Array Spares Van Location: Forward Bow Stbd side
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: yes Type: 2 legged mooring
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: Documentation has been provided previously for this. We will be bringing on Leg 1 the heavy lift winch (16,000 lbs) and medium lift winch (18,700 lbs).

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: yes Identify Will discuss for each leg
Equipment Handling: yes Identify: Will discuss for each leg
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: yes Identify: Several crates,
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices:no Portable Air Compressors:yes Flammable Gases:no Small Boat Operations:yes SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yesDescribe deployment method and quantity:
Will provide prior to the cruise.

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Operations will run 24/7..anticipate >40 Jason dives.Other required equipment and special needs:
We will need emhanced bandwidth re HiSeasNet and 4 VOIP phones - UW Ken Feldman will aide in this. Will need unrestricted file size access/daily quota for several members of the RCA UW team.

Will need the work boat for Leg 1 during the Shallow Profiler Mooring work, but not on Legs 2-4, so can be stored following Leg 1.

Although we dont need maps made of the work areas, we will use the EM122 system to image methane bubble plumes.

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?We will collect push cores, major water samples, CTD Niskin samples, temperature, IGT gas-tight samples (RCA will bring).


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?yes
If yes, how many would you anticipate? We will routinely use the undervator.

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.
IGT is the main instrument that needs interfaced with Jason - have used on numerous cruises with Jason.
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? no
If yes, please describe how the equipment is to be manipulated:
Nozzle is placed in orifice of vent
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
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:
Will provide detailed cruise plan prior to the cruise. summarizing each dive for each leg.

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: