Cruise Planning Questionnaire

    Vehicle(s) required:
    Name of ship for ROV ops:
    Ch Sci:
Bruce Keafer
Redfield 3-30
MS 32
x 2509
    POC / contact info:
Departure port & date:Woods Hole October 8, 2007
    Distance to first station:
12 hours
    Number of stations:
    Distance between stations:
    Total days on station:
30 minutes
Arrival port & date:Woods Hole October, 18, 2007
Op area:Gulf of Maine; Bay of Fundy; Georges Bank
Lat/Lon:42N 70W; 45N 66W
Depth range:20m-270m
    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: will provide at later time

    Science objectives/activities planned:
Determine the interannual and interdecadal distribution of Alexandrium fundyense (red tide) cysts in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy...and onto Georges Bank as time permits. This will be the 3rd annual cyst survey onboard the R/V Oceanus. At each station, a Craib Corer will be deployed to sample surficial bottom sediments (top 3cm). Cores will be sectioned and processed on the way to each station.

WHOI shipboard scientific instrumentation desired:
    12 kHz transducer
    3.5 kHz transducers
Fume hood
Deionized water systemChest freezer (OC and KN only)
10-liter Niskin bottles

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?
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
Craib Corer/small Seabird CTD
300 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?

If yes, please provide details: Will Bring small, light Craib Corer for coring operations in the CTD area (starboard). Corer will be attached mechanically to the CTD conducting cable without need for electrical connection. This set-up has been successful for 2 previous cruises on R/V Oceanus. Deployment and retrieval is similar to CTD/rosette using tuggers--one deployment/station if successful core is obtained.

Will bring small Seabird CTD (internally recording)--no need to connect to electrical conducting wire with slip rings. One bottle will be attached on the wire and tripped by messenger during CTD cast--one-two deployments/day. Will use same wire as Corer noted above--5 min changeover necessary
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?
Will use formalin and methanol in the hood area of the WetLab. Spill kit will be provided. Waste formalin will be removed at the WHOI dock at the end of the cruise and placed in the appropriate storage for that chemical

Compressed gas cylinders will be brought onboard. Those will be secured in a safe manner along the bulkhead on deck and in the lab while in use.