Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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R/V Atlantis


HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

Erik Cordes: Principal Investigator
Temple University USA
+1 215 204 2128

Chuck Fisher: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
Pennsylvania State University 208 Mueller Lab University Park, PA United States 16802
+1 814 865 3365

Chris German: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 241, MS#22 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2853

Timothy Shank: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Redfield 234B, MS#33 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3392

Departure: Dec 6, 2010

Gulfport, MS

Arrival: Dec 15, 2010

Gulfport, MS (tbd due to possible shipyard location)

Operations Area

Gulf of Mexico
Depth Range: min / max (m)
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? n/a
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

Deep water corals, seep communities and larval trap collection within 50 mile radius of the Deep Horizon Oil Platform at depths 500 to 2200 meters.

Science Activities

5-6 Alvin dives

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Teleconference conducted 21Oct2010
Media personnel on board: Video
NSF Rapid Film Maker, Mike Degruy


Supporting documentation:


Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 1045083
Funding Agency: Institution
Grant or contract number:

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

Deionized Water System
Science Underway Seawater System
Fume Hood

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

Aquatracker Fluorometer (sci)

Sample Storage

Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.


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


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Winch Notes: sediment trap recovery (2).

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no
Science Van 1
Type/size: Sentry Operations 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? yes Details: Sentry will provide overboarding equipment.

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:
Sediment trap recovery after Alvin dive (Chris German)

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Alvin

Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect?CTD requires O2 monitor if possible null 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

Push corers (12-pack rack)
Search sonar
Profiling sonar
Large capacity slurp samplers: single-chamber
Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 12


Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?yes
If yes, how many would you anticipate? 0

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Alvin yes
Has this equipment been used on Alvin 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.
Bush Master, Mussel Pots, RNA Later (sci provided)
down-looking digital still camera and hi def camera (alv supplied)
coral cutter if possible
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? yes
Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements? yes
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? yes
Voltage required null
Power required
Data Interface
Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Alvin User Manual? yes
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? yes
How many? 1 Bi-directional
Pressure requirements? 2200 PSI
Flow requirements?
Hydraulic schematic of the equipment requirements.
Does this equipment require manipulation? yes
If yes, please describe how the equipment is to be manipulated:
Bushmaster by port manipulator as previously used.
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? yes
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? yes
Has the computer or control panel been gas tested for use in the personnel sphere? yes

Hazardous Material

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

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
Navy Clearance:

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Master:  R/V Ship Name
Attn:  Scientist's Name
Fillette Green Shipping Services (USA) Corp.
261 N. Conception Street
Mobile, AL   36603

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1842
Mobile, AL   36633
Phone:  (251) 375-2224
Fax:  (251) 423-6813
Email: mob@fillettegreen.com

Contact:  John Chaulk
Cell:  (251) 379-6597

WHOI NOTE:  Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  It is requested that shipping information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and
WHOI contacts.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Allison Heater (f), Dave Simms (m)
Loading will be in Gulfport MS.  Dec 5 and 6th.
4 AlVIN storage containers (1 is a rag top) will be on deck during this cruise so that
Alvin ops can begin their demobilzation before Atlantis gets into Shipyard.

Nov 9:  SENTRY has been added to this cruise.