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  Recovery of Seamount  -  2014  -  Thomas G. Thompson  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Recovery of Seamount Precious Coral Beds From Heavy Trawling Disturbance Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Amy Baco-Taylor, FSU Project Institution: FSU
Project ID: 103786 Version #: 5
Date Submitted: 2/14/2013 4:48:00 PM Created By: Amy Baco-Taylor
Date Last Modified: 1/11/2017 4:20:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1334652 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Year 1 - AUV photo surveys of seamounts in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Emperor Seamounts. Depth Range 300-600m

Year 2 - ROV or submersible surveys of seamounts in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Emperor Seamounts. Sampling of deep-sea megafauna. Depth Range 300-600m
Summary of Facility Requirements: Year 1 - We request the Sentry AUV or the Nereus HROV. We also request a ship capable of launch/recovery of Sentry AUV or Nereus HROV. It is critical to have ship's multibeam system that can acquire backscatter data. RV Thompson is first choice if it has backscatter capable multibeam. Total request for vehicle and ship time is 39 days including transits between stations but not including transit to/from port.

Year 2 - Request the ROV JasonII, Nereus in ROV mode, or Alvin. We also request a support ship capable of launch/recovery of Jason II ROV, Nereus, or Alvin. Backscatter is not required for this cruise. Total request for vehicle and ship time is 34 days including transits between stations but not including transit to/from port.
Summary of other requirements and comments: -80 freezer required on-board ship
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1006040 Created By: Amy Baco-Taylor
Date Last Modified: 1/11/2017 4:20:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/14/2013 4:48:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2014 Ship/Facility: Thomas G. Thompson
Optimum Start Date: 8/1/2014 Dates to Avoid: Seas are generally best in this region in the fall season
Earliest Start Date:   Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/1/2015 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
39 0 0 0 39
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:
We require multibeam and backscatter data for optimal use of the requested AUV on this cruise, thus we need a ship with backscatter acquistion capabilities. We chose Thompson because it has the latest multibeam system, but we are not clear on its backscatter capabilities
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area: Seamounts in the far Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Emperor Seamount Chain, following along the Hawaiian Ridge
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
36° N / 171° E map
127 map
NP08 map
25° N / 172° W map
90 map
NP11 map
  Show Degrees Minutes    
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
Midway Island, US Pacific Islands, USA None Honolulu, HI, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Midway is the closest port, Honolulu can also be used but requires longer transit. We prefer to end in Honolulu to facilitate shipping of frozen samples and cruise supplies.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Amy Baco-Taylor, FSU
# in Science Party 12 # of different science teams 2 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements 1 technician or appropriate number needed if required to go with multibeam system

Also science party total includes 5 members of the AUV operations team
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected 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.

Require backscatter capable multibeam

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 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.
Require Sentry AUV or other AUV or HROV system equally capable of photographic surveys.

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