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  OOI Pioneer  -  2017  -  Neil Armstrong  
  Project Information  
Project Title: OOI CGSN Pioneer Array Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Al Plueddemann, WHOI Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 101767 Version #: 10
Date Submitted: 10/1/2008 3:59:00 PM Created By: Paul Matthias
Date Last Modified: 10/11/2019 11:12:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF-OOI/OOI - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Initial deployment Fall 2013 of Pioneer Array moorings; servicing of moorings after 6 months through end of first operational period (2015-2020).
Summary of Facility Requirements: Global vessel with dynamic positioning, crane rated to 7000 lbs, A-frame to 10 tons. 1200 sq ft working deck area; 60,000 lb ship deck load; 9,000 m 9/16 th trawl wire, 12 days endurance, experience with mooring operations.
Summary of other requirements and comments: CTD and bathymetry surveys
NOTE: The Project was updated from Bob Weller to Al Pleuddeman on 11Oct19
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1003391 Created By: Paul Matthias
Date Last Modified: 2/7/2017 11:06:00 AM Date Submitted: 11/18/2009 4:06:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2017 Ship/Facility: Neil Armstrong
Optimum Start Date: 4/15/2017 Dates to Avoid: Mooring servicing in spring and fall, timed for weather and biofouling cycle
Earliest Start Date: 4/1/2017 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 5/15/2017 Other Ship(s): .

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
15 2 2 6 25
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
Yes Interval: every 6 months # of Cruises: 16

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: Due to deck space, cruise will require two legs, 9 days and 12, with one port day between. Recover, redeploy, refresh power systems and sensors every 6 months.
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
Spring and fall cruises to meet requirement to refresh power and sensors every 6 months, deal with biofouling.
Deck payload when deploying and servicing moorings requires large UNOLS vessel, such as Knorr.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
NE shelf
Description of Op Area: array located near 40 deg 3 min N,
70 deg 45 min W
Op Area Size/Dia.: 100 nm
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
39° N / 69° W map
115 map
NA06 map
41° N / 71° W map
152 map
NA06 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.)
none required.
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Woods Hole, MA, USA None Woods Hole, MA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
WHOI is OOI CGSN Homeport facility.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Paul Matthias, WHOI
# in Science Party 7 # 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 Chief scientist, mooring and glider techs, instrument/system engineers
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Selected 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.

Trawl in case of ned to drag for moorings.

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.
Intermediate vessel with dynamic positioning, crane rated to 7000 lbs, A-frame to 10 tons. 1200 sq ft working deck area; 60,000 lb ship deck load; 9,000 m 9/16 th trawl wire, 12 days endurance, experience with mooring operations.

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