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  ALOHA Cabled Observ  -  2011  -  Kilo Moana  
  Project Information  
Project Title: ALOHA Cabled Observatory: Installation and Operation Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Bruce M. Howe, UH_SOEST Project Institution: UH_SOEST
Project ID: 101993 Version #: 8
Date Submitted: 4/17/2009 6:41:00 PM Created By: Bruce M. Howe
Date Last Modified: 6/3/2010 3:45:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/OTIC - 0939570 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Project will install Phase-3 of the ALOHA Cabled Observatory (ACO) and experiments.

The junction box pressure case with hydrophone experiment module (HEM) and seawater return will be deployed first and connected to the sea cable termination with JASON. After successful operation is verified, the main observatory node (~2000 lb) will be lowered. JASON will unplug the HEM from the junction box, plug the node into the junction box, and the HEM into the node. The video camera sled will be moved from the node frame to the nearby seafloor. In a subsequent operation, the 200m high thermistor array/acoustic modem (TAAM) mooring system will be deployed, lowered from the ship to a location 50 m from the node. JASON will unspool cable from the base of the TAAM mooring and connect to the node.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Class-A ship (Kilo-Moana, Thompson or larger), JASON-2 or equivalent (work at 4720 m). Deck space for JASON vans and deck equipment. Need small mooring winch (mooring 200 m long, anchor first). Room for science party of at least 22.
Summary of other requirements and comments: Cruise TGT226 in October 2008 attempted installation but was unsuccessful because of failure of commercially supplied optical cabling and connectors.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1002922 Created By: Bruce M. Howe
Date Last Modified: 6/3/2010 3:45:00 PM Date Submitted: 4/17/2009 6:41:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2011 Ship/Facility: Kilo Moana
Optimum Start Date: 5/10/2011 Dates to Avoid: The operation is very weather and sea dependent, largely because of ROV operations.
Earliest Start Date: 5/1/2011 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 6/30/2011 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
12 2 1 2 17
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:
May - June have the best combination of weather and seas for this area, increasing probability of success.

We are amenable working with two other investigators, J. Sinton and A. Bowen, who have proposed close-by/related work.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Station ALOHA
Description of Op Area: Station ALOHA (22 45N, 158 00W) is the site of the HOT oceanographic program about 100 km north of Oahu.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 2
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
22.75° N / 158° W map
88 map
NP12 map
22.75° N / 158° W map
88 map
NP12 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? No 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
Honolulu, HI, USA None Honolulu, HI, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Bruce M. Howe, UH_SOEST
# in Science Party 22 # 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 Require JASON ops and heavy lift (2000 lbs) at 5 km depth.

Need to identify a small winch to deploy the 300 m long thermistor array/acoustic modem (TAAM) mooring. Once the mooring is over the side (anchor first), load would be transferred to the trawl winch.
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.

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)
Selected 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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