Cruise Planning Questionnaire

    Vehicle(s) required:
    Name of ship for ROV ops:
    Ch Sci:
Bruce Keafer
Redfield 3-32
x 2509
    POC / contact info:
Departure port & date:Woods Hole
    Distance to first station:
120 nm
    Number of stations:
    Distance between stations:
10 nm
    Total days on station:
about 30 min/station x 13 days
Arrival port & date:Woods Hole
Op area:Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy
Lat/Lon:42-45N; 66-71W
Depth range:20-270
    Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country?
    Which country?
    Are visas or special travel documents required?

Funding agency:

Grant or contract number: NA17RJ1223

    Science objectives/activities planned:
1)NOAA event response and modeling project- Re-map the distribution of toxic dinoflagellate cysts of Alexandrium fundyense and Alexandrium ostenfeldii in the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy. This survey is part of the emergency event response and modeling studies associated with blooms of 2005 and 2006. This survey will show the change in cyst abundance and distribution after the bloom of 2006. The results will be input into biological/physical models as the inoculum for simulations of the next bloom in the spring of 2007.

2)Piggyback objective-pCO2 survey perfomed by the University of New Hampshire - Underway data collection system connected into the ship's uncomtaminated seawater flow. CTD/Optical profiler deployed about once/day or as time permits to provide vertical resolution of hydrographic properties.

WHOI shipboard scientific instrumentation desired:
    12 kHz transducer
    3.5 kHz transducers
Fume hood
Deionized water systemChest freezer (OC and KN only)
-70 deg freezer
Pinger for wire use

Is nighttime work anticipated on this cruise? No

    Critical MET sensors:
    Critical CTD sensors:

Do you need Seabeam? (AT and KN only)

Long baseline (LBL) transponder navigation? No. of xpndrs/nets:
Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?
Doppler/GPS navigation?

Will you be using portable science vans? No How many:

Science Van #1
Science Van #2
Science Van #3

Anticipated standard oceanographic cable use:

Instrument Weight(s)
Maximum Depth
    Conducting hydro
Craib Corer
280 lbs.
    Steel hydro
    Steel trawl
    .681" fiber optic
    Do you require slip rings?
NoNumber of conductors:
    Do you need non-standard wire?
NoIf so, what type?
    Do you need a traction winch?
Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers equipment over the side? No

If yes, please provide details: There will be two types of deployments over the starboard side:

1) Craib Corer or Van Veen grab sampler. This will require the termination of the standard conducting wire of the primary winch system to be cut and a Chinese finger installed for physical connection to the Craib Corer (this configuration was used during a 2005 survey on Oceanus and worked well). Weights will be added to the Corer as needed (probably 6 x 25 lbs= 200 lbs + 80 lbs Corer = 280 lbs total). If possible, a wire pinger will be installed directly on the Craib Corer to determine its location off the bottom before entry into the sediment.

2)An optical profiler package with Sea-bird CTD will be deployed separately off the starboard side using the ship's alternate winch system (about once/day). The data is recorded internally and thus will not need a conducting wire connection, only a physical connection. The CTD termination will not need to be cut (we hope). Weight will be added as needed.
Will there be special requirements for:

    Electrical power
    Equipment handling
    Inter/intraship communications
    Science stowage

If yes to any of the above, please identify:

Will any of the following items be used on board?

    Explosive devices
    Portable air compressors
    Flammable gases
    Isotope van

Will hazardous material be used aboard, or deployed by an ROV? Yes

What measures or plans have been made a) in the event of a spill, and b) for the removal and/or disposal of these materials at the completion of the cruise?
Spill kits with adsorbents for formalin will be brought onboard. Waste formalin (5%) will be collected in a glass vacuum container and transfered to a plastic 5 gal. drum for storage on the O1 deck tied into a cage. That drum will be removed by the Safety Office upon disembarkment. Unused formalin and methanol along with the samples will be returned to the lab.