Cruise Planning Questionnaire


Ship: OCEANUS
    Vehicle(s) required:
    Name of ship for ROV ops:
    Ch Sci:
Nicholas Makris
    Affiliation:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Address:
Department of Ocean Engineering
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
    Phone:
617-258-6104
    Email:
makris@mit.edu
    POC / contact info:
Departure port & date:WHOI, Sept 18, 2006
    Distance to first station:
500 km, 12-hours transit
    Number of stations:
3
    Distance between stations:
50-km
    Total days on station:
3-4 days per station
Arrival port & date:WHOI, October 7, 2006
Op area:George's Bank
Lat/Lon:41-degrees/45' N : 68-degrees/30' W
Depth range:40-m to 400-m
    Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country?
    Which country?
    Are visas or special travel documents required?

Funding agency:
      ONR/Navy
Specify:

Grant or contract number:

    Science objectives/activities planned:
A remote sensing method has been used to instantaneously detect, image, and spatially chart fish populations over continental shelf-scales, as well as continuously monitor aerial densities and behavior of these fish populations over time. The objective of the Gulf of Maine cruise is to apply this remote sensing method to explore the abundance, temporal and spatial distributions, and fish population behavior in the Gulf of Maine on or near Georges Bank. To verify aerial fish population density and species identification, the new method will be used in conjunction with simultaneous measurements of fish population by conventional line-transect methods that employ direct sampling with trawling, as well as standard higher frequency acoustics.

WHOI shipboard scientific instrumentation desired:
    12 kHz transducer
    3.5 kHz transducers
XBT system
CTD/rosette 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? No
Doppler/GPS navigation? Yes

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


Science Van #1
Science Van #2
Science Van #3
    Type/size
    Location
    Water
    Power

Anticipated standard oceanographic cable use:

Instruments(s)
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?
No
Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers equipment over the side? Yes

If yes, please provide details: - FORA Winch, 20,000 lbs. (8' x 8' x 8' footprint) with towed array
- Fairlead for FORA deploymwnt
Will there be special requirements for:

    Electrical power
Yes
    Equipment handling
Yes
    Inter/intraship communications
Yes
    Science stowage
No

If yes to any of the above, please identify: Power Supply required (230V or 460V; 30A) for winch motor

Will any of the following items be used on board?

    Explosive devices
No
    Portable air compressors
Yes
    Flammable gases
No
    Radioisotopes
No
    Isotope van
No

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?