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  Mid-Atlantic Hydrate  -  2015  -  Endeavor  
  Project Information  
Project Title: High-Resolution Imaging of MId-Atlantic Upper- and Mid-Slope Gas Seep/Hydrate Province Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Ruppel, USGS_Woods Hole Project Institution: USGS_Woods Hole
Project ID: 104417 Version #: 3
Date Submitted: 6/21/2014 7:34:00 AM Created By: Carolyn Ruppel
Date Last Modified: 4/9/2015 7:30:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: DOE - interagency agreement - Funded
Summary of Field Work: High resolution imaging of sediments and water column from shelf-break to base of upper slope (approximately 150 m to 1750 m water depth) on Mid-Atlantic margin from Washington to Wilmington Canyons to encompass the area of intense upper slope seepage documented by collaborative work in 2012 and 2013. Some additional lines may be acquired on parts of margin just to the north and in Hudson Canyon.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Ship capable of working at water depths up to ~2500 m in Mid-Atlantic slope region in late spring timeframe.

No compressor required.
Summary of other requirements and comments: Due to expiration of 5-year Interagency Agreement, cruise must be completed by 31 May, 2015.

Due to use of some of the same USGS equipment and personnel by Jason Chaytor (USGS) on the R/V Sharp in mid-May 2015, this STR is for a ship available in April 2015.

Data quality will be jeopardized by sailing in March. Money can be returned to sponsor if that is the only scenario possible, but cruise might not be possible in an out-year, depending on sponsor's funding situation.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007052 Created By: Carolyn Ruppel
Date Last Modified: 4/9/2015 7:30:00 PM Date Submitted: 6/21/2014 7:34:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2015 Ship/Facility: Endeavor
Optimum Start Date: 4/20/2015 Dates to Avoid: Must complete cruise by 5/31/2015 due to expiration of 5-yr interagency agreement

Some of the USGS equipment is needed by Jason Chaytor (USGS) on R/V Sharp in May 2015; USGS requires at least 5 days between end of Endeavor cruise and start of his Sharp cruise

Data quality could be seriously compromised (and sponsor may not pay) by weather and sea state before early April
Earliest Start Date: 4/12/2015 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 4/25/2015 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
5 1 1 1 8
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:
Description of Op Area: 150 to at least 1500 m water depth Mostly between WAshington and Baltimore Canyon and then probably a few lines north of Wilmington Canyon
Op Area Size/Dia.: main area 55 nm wide along margin
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
37.41° N / 74.46° W map
116 map
NA06 map
38.11° N / 73.8° W map
116 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.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Narragansett, RI, USA None Narragansett, RI, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Would be happy to work out any Atlantic port farther south than Narragansett if the ship is already working in that area. Will shorten transits. USGS can take equipment overland to any US Atlantic port. Would have preferred to work on Sharp, which is more proximal to the operations area,but understand her schedule is full starting in early April 2015. March sea conditions are too rough to assure good data acquisition

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Carolyn Ruppel, USGS_Woods Hole
# in Science Party 12 # 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 USGS will bring 4-6 operational personnel for USGS equipment, in addition to USGS science staff.
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)
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.
USGS will provide: 72-channel digital streamer, birds, and related peripherals; 5 kJ sparker and S-boom sources; appropriate navigational monitoring software for this equipment

USGS will provide a CTD, which may be used to log temperature/depth profiles to the seafloor if there is down-time with the MCS equipment.
As noted above, coordination is required with schedule for Chaytor (USGS) cruise on R/V Sharp, which requires this same equipment. The USGS requires at least 5 days between the end of this cruise and the start of the Chaytor cruise, but would prefer 10 days.

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