Cruise Planning Questionnaire

    Vehicle(s) required:
    Name of ship for ROV ops:
    Ch Sci:
Timothy Shank
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MS 33
Biology Department
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543
    POC / contact info:
Departure port & date:Manzanillo, Mexico January 10, 2007
    Distance to first station:
573 nm
    Number of stations:
    Distance between stations:
    Total days on station:
Arrival port & date:February 5, 2007
Op area:NP13
Lat/Lon:950'N 104 17'W
Depth range:2000-2600
    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: OCE-0327261

    Science objectives/activities planned:
The specific objectives of our program are to: (1) determine the post-eruptive distribution of hydrothermal activity and nascent biological assemblages; (2) examine the temporal and spatial changes in benthic communities through in situ observations, sampling, and manipulative experimentation; and (3) correlate of changes in faunal community structure with variations in microbial community composition, in situ fluid chemistry, pH, and temperature. To this end, in situ voltammetric sensor devices (both autonomous and mounted directly on DSV Alvin) will be used to measure a variety of chemical species, including H2S/HS-, FeS, Fe2+, Mn2+, O2, pH and temperature over time in a variety of nascent vent habitats as well as those associated with colonization substrates specifically designed for temporal co-located and integrated comparisons of microbial community structure, fluid chemistry, and macrofaunal colonization. We will deploy a large volume water pump for microbial collection, colonization substrates, in-situ electrochmical sensors, seafloor markers, and OBS arrays. We will recover colonization substrates and OBS arrays. We will sample fauna and rocks, and conduct detailed educational and outreach activities in conjunction with the R2K program.

WHOI shipboard scientific instrumentation desired:
Fume hood
    Relay transponder for wire use
Deionized water systemChest freezer (OC and KN only)
-70 deg freezer
Walk-in cooler (AT only)
10-liter Niskin bottles
Pinger for wire use

Is nighttime work anticipated on this cruise? Yes

    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? Yes
Doppler/GPS navigation? Yes

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
    Steel hydro
    Steel trawl
    .681" fiber optic
    Do you require slip rings?
Number of conductors:
    Do you need non-standard wire?
If so, what type?
    Do you need a traction winch?
Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers equipment over the side?

If yes, please provide details:
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?
Hazmats will be compressed gases for use by Vetriani's group (Nitrogen, and a Carbon Dioxide/Hydrogen mix). Gases and MSDS/Hazmat forms were loaded in San Diego in October. Remaining materials will be offloaded in the next US port.