Cruise Planning Questionnaire

    Vehicle(s) required:
    Name of ship for ROV ops:
    Ch Sci:
Cabell Davis
Biology Department
220 Redfield
MS #33
    POC / contact info:
Departure port & date:1 September
    Distance to first station:
    Number of stations:
    Distance between stations:
    Total days on station:
underway ops
Arrival port & date:16 September
Op area:N. Atlantic, Malta to WHOI
Lat/Lon:35.900N 14.517E to 41.5274N 70.6631W
Depth range:Sample upper 150m
    Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country?
    Which country?
    Are visas or special travel documents required?

Funding agency:
Other Specify:Private WHOI funding

Grant or contract number: TBD

    Science objectives/activities planned:
The purpose of this cruise is to tow the 2nd Generation Video Plankton Recorder at 12 knots across the Atlantic Ocean from the mouth of the Mediterranean (near Gibraltar) to the Slope Water south of Woods Hole. To the extent possible, we would like to deviate slightly from course to pass through the centers of eddies found by satellite.

This cruise is an opportunsitic sampling

We will launch the VPR out the stern A-frame and the VPR fish then will be undulated like a SeaSoar, sampling between the surface and a depth of 120-150m. Our winch will be mounted forward on the fantail and we will use hard (flex-nose) fairing on a 0.322" 3-conductor 3-fiber fiber optic cable. When near the surface the VPR will be "flown" off to the starboard (using the fish's tail rudder) out of the wake of the ship. In the lab, we will need about 8' of bench space for our flight control and data acquisition computers and power supply.

WHOI shipboard scientific instrumentation desired:
XBT System

Is nighttime work anticipated on this cruise? Yes

    Critical MET sensors:
    Critical CTD sensors:

Do you need Seabeam? (AT and KN only) No

Long baseline (LBL) transponder navigation? No 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
    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 there be special requirements for:

    Electrical power
    Equipment handling
    Inter/intraship communications
    Science stowage

If yes to any of the above, please identify: 460 volts 3-phase for 30 hp SeaMac winch; 110v 30-amp; 2 air tuggers; poles w/ snatch hooks

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? No

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?

Vehicle equipment required:Check one or both:
Major water samplers
Large capacity slurp samplers
Small capacity slurp samplers
Bio collection boxes
Push corers
Scoop nets
High temperature probe
Low temperature probe
Heat flow probe
Portable CTD
Digital Still Camera
Search Sonar
Profiling Sonar
Rock Drill (Jason only)
Video Duplication (Jason)
    Other vehicle-related equipment (list):
    Science equipment to be installed on vehicle:
    Electronic equipment used in the ALVIN personnel sphere:
    Other comments and information:
Date Submitted: 05/13/2003 03:20 PM