Cruise Planning Questionnaire

    Vehicle(s) required:
    Name of ship for ROV ops:
    Ch Sci:
Les Watling
University of Maine
Darling Marine Center
Walpole, ME 04573
207-563-3146 x248
    POC / contact info:
Departure port & date:9 Sept 01
    Distance to first station:
    Number of stations:
    Distance between stations:
    Total days on station:
5 (10-14 Sept)
Arrival port & date:21 Sept 01
Op area:southern Georges Bank canyons and Bear Seamount
Depth range:1000-2500 m
    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:

    Science objectives/activities planned:
1. Characterize the diversity of coral communities in different canyon habitats (Oceanographer, Lydonia, Hydrographer) and on Bear Seamount.
2. Determine reproductive biology of corals.
3. Determine size class distribution of corals.
4. Characterize patterns of coral habitat use by associated fauna.
5. Verify taxonomy and genetic similarity of corals from continental slope with those on Bear Seamount.

WHOI shipboard scientific instrumentation desired:

Is nighttime work anticipated on this cruise? Yes

    Critical MET sensors:
    Critical CTD sensors:

Do you need Seabeam? (AT and KN only) Yes

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: There will be a potential need for stowage to accomodate Grassle et al. leg

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?

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:
-box cores
-We are currently looking at an external electronic still camera for purchase and need to discuss deadlines for installation/available leads, etc.
    Electronic equipment used in the ALVIN personnel sphere:
We are currently assessing handheld still/video camera needs.
    Other comments and information:
This cruise leg will be divided into 2 parts (with personnel transfer mid-cruise). Watling is the chief scientist on the first portion of the leg and Grassle the CS on the second. Alvin and AII needs from both parties may be quite different and planning is moving along seperate pathways at the present time. We will work out any conflicts identified.

Date Submitted: 04/19/2001 02:36 PM