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  Oxyhydrocarbons  -  2014  -  Atlantis  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Oxygenation of hydrocarbons in the ocean Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Christopher Reddy, WHOI Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 103767 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/9/2013 2:57:00 PM Created By: David L. Valentine
Date Last Modified: 7/15/2013 5:03:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/CO - 1333148 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: 1) Sampling of hydrocarbon seeps in the Gulf of Mexico using ROV or manned submersible.
2) Seep characterization by AUV to guide sampling operations.
3) Sampling of surface oil slicks overlying the studied seeps.
4) CTD sampling of waters in and around seeps.
5) Coring operations (gravity or box) in and around seeps.
Summary of Facility Requirements: 1) Oceanographic research vessel capable of hosting AUV/ROV/Submarine.
2) AUV (Sentry or Equivalent) capable of high resolution multibeam mapping, 3-dimensional photomosaics, water column chemical mapping.
3) ROV or Submarine capable of collecting sediment and oil samples from hydrocarbon seeps.
4) Coring apparatus such as box core or gravity core.
5) CTD Rosette.
6) Shipboard multibeam capable of capturing water column returns (to identify gas bubbles from hydrocarbon seeps).
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1006007 Created By: David L. Valentine
Date Last Modified: 2/9/2013 2:57:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/9/2013 2:57:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2014 Ship/Facility: Atlantis
Optimum Start Date: 9/15/2014 Dates to Avoid: The slick sampling requires calm surface conditions (typical for summer and early fall). Undergraduate participation (one of our broader impacts) will greatly benefit from having the cruise scheduled outside of the regular course term. 2015 could also work, but is a bit late for the course of the project.
Earliest Start Date: 9/1/2014 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 10/15/2014 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
8 2 2 4 16
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:
The Atlantis would be the ideal vessel for these operations, with either HOV Alvin or ROV Jason. If we use Jason, then another vessel capable of hosting Jason and Sentry (sufficient size with Dynamic Positioning) is acceptable.

There is some flexibility in the requested dates. Collecting surface slicks is an important complement to our deep ocean efforts, and requires calm conditions to find and sample the slicks (performed by RHIB using the coast guard method).
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Gulf of Mexico
Description of Op Area: Operations will take place in the Gulf of Mexico, at a number of hydrocarbon seeps located at water depths of 700 to 3500m. We have several targets identified, ranging from the Lousianna slope to the Texas slope, within 250 nm of 26N91W. The operations area will be refined during the scheduling process, depending on the port chosen.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 250
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
26° N / 91° W map
82 map
NA09 map
26° N / 91° W map
82 map
NA09 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
Gulfport, MS, USA None Gulfport, MS, 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: Christopher Reddy, WHOI
# in Science Party 20 # of different science teams 3 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements Teams from WHOI, UCSB and the College of William and Mary will participate, including a large number of undergraduate students. 24 hour operations are planned. Wet chemistry will be performed on sampled material. -80 degree C storage is needed.
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 DivingSelected 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 AUVSelected Sentry  
Coring Facility
Unselected Jumbo Piston CoringSelected 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)
Selected 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 VanSelected Cold Lab VanUnselected General Purpose Lab Van
Selected 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.
Either ROV Jason or HOV Alvin are needed for guided sampling within hydrocarbon seep environments. AUV Sentry will be used for mapping and imaging dive targets and for dive planning. Multibeam will be used to image study areas and to identify gas plumes in the water column. Sediment will be collected by gravity coring (or equivalent). We expect to have collaborators using radioisotopes, and include the van request for completeness (though this could be cancelled in the scheduling process).

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