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  DynAMITE  -  2012  -  Atlantic Explorer  
  Project Information  
Project Title: An Investigation of Abyssal Mixing and Interior Transports in the North Atlantic Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Ruth Curry, WHOI Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 101866 Version #: 5
Date Submitted: 2/5/2009 4:59:00 PM Created By: Ruth Curry
Date Last Modified: 5/31/2011 4:54:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/PO - 0926848 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Year 2010: deploy 6-moorings down the SE flank of Bermuda Rise, and acquire 18 CTD/rosette casts along the mooring line

Year 2011: 28-day shipboard survey using Multibeam sonar, High Resolution Profiler (HRP2), and CTD/rosette casts.

Year 2012: Recover all moorings and acquire a CTD/rosette cast at each site.
Summary of Facility Requirements: 2010: Deck space for 6 deep ocean moorings, CTD winch

2011: Multibeam sonar, CTD winch

2012: Deck space for 6 deep ocean moorings, CTD winch
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1002685 Created By: Ruth Curry
Date Last Modified: 5/31/2011 4:54:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/5/2009 4:59:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2012 Ship/Facility: Atlantic Explorer
Optimum Start Date: 4/1/2012 Dates to Avoid: The moorings must be in the water for approximately 1.5 years -- recovery dates will depend upon the deployment dates in 2010. AExplorer was used for deployment and worked exceptionally well.
Earliest Start Date: 2/1/2012 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 12/15/2012 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
8 1 1 2 12
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements:
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Bermuda Rise
Description of Op Area: Southeast flank of Bermuda Rise
Op Area Size/Dia.: 300 nm
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
32° N / 64.6° W map
115 map
NA06 map
27.5° N / 62° W map
79 map
NA09 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

 Important Info on Foreign Research Clearances  

Are you or any member in your science party bringing in any science equipment items which are regulated for export by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)?
No If yes, have you applied for the necessary permits through your export control office? No
 Questions about ITAR/EAR regulations?

Comments about foreign clearance requirements or
description of any other special permitting requirements
(e.g., MMPA, ESA, IHA, Marine Sanctuaries, etc.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
St. George's, Bermuda None St. George's, Bermuda
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Bermuda is the closest port to the moored array.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Ruth Curry, WHOI
# in Science Party 9 # of different science teams 1 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements Science party will conduct all mooring and CTD ops. A shipboard tech is required to provide CTD hardware services and shipboard IT services.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected SCUBA DivingUnselected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workUnselected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
0 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

Atlantic Explorer worked very well for the deployment of this array -- which was accomplished in 2 legs (deploy 4 moorings, come back to port, pick up remaining 2 moorings and finish deployment). This ship requires allocating extra science time for departures/arrivals on the tides and to accommodate the relatively slow speed of the CTD winch on very deep casts. Based on our last experience, the number of science days requested has been boosted in this edited request.

Major Ancillary Facilities (that require coordination of schedules with ship schedule)
Unselected Helicopter Ops (USCG)Unselected Twin OtterUnselected Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Unselected Other AUVUnselected Sentry  
Coring Facility
Unselected Jumbo Piston CoringUnselected Large Gravity Core Unselected MC800 multicorer w/ MISO camera/telemetryUnselected OSU Coring Facility (MARSSAM)
Unselected Other Large Coring FacilityUnselected WHOI Long Core  
Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV)
Unselected AlvinUnselected Clelia (HBOI)Unselected JSL I & II (HBOI)Unselected Other HOV
Other Facility
Unselected MISO Facility - deep-sea imagingUnselected Other FacilityUnselected Potential Fields Pool Equipment 
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Unselected JasonUnselected Other ROV  
Seismic Facility
Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC)Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP)Unselected Ocean-Bottom Seismometer Program (UTIG)Unselected Other Seismic/OBS Facility
Unselected PASSCALUnselected Portable MCS groupUnselected Portable MCS/SCS groupUnselected U.S. Geological Survey Ocean Bottom Seismometer Facility (USGS at WHOI)
Towed Underwater Vehicle
Unselected ARGO IIUnselected Hawaii MR1 (HMRG)Unselected IMI12 (HMRG)Unselected IMI120 (HMRG - formerly DSL 120A)
Unselected IMI30 (HMRG)Unselected Other Towed Underwater VehicleUnselected Towfish 
UNOLS Van Pool
Unselected AUV Lab Van #1Unselected Clean Lab VanUnselected Cold Lab VanUnselected General Purpose Lab Van
Unselected Radioisotope Lab VanUnselected Wet Lab Van  
UNOLS Winch Pool
Unselected Mooring SpoolerUnselected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.

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