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  ABYSSLINE02  -  2015  -  Thomas G. Thompson  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Environmental baseline study of abyssal plain biological diversity and robustness in the clipperton-clarion fracture zone. Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Seafloor LLC, SFI Project Institution: SFI
Project ID: 104565 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 8/18/2014 10:39:00 AM Created By: Seafloor LLC
Date Last Modified: 4/8/2015 4:17:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: OTHER - SRD-AB02 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Deployment of an AUV to conduct high resolution geophysical survey work, followed by seabed sampling with boxcore, megacore, and deployment of free vehicle sampling (i.e. fish traps, sediment traps, etc..). Additionally, the ship would be conducting opportunistic multibeam survey work between primary operations.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Ship mounted multibeam system, enough deck space for the REMUS LARS system, A-frame & winch capable of deploying boxcores & megacorse in 4500m water depth, cranes and deck space capable of staging, deploying and retrieving free floating sampler & equipment.

We have currently identified the R/V Thompson
Summary of other requirements and comments: We have currently identified the R/V Thompson, are speaking with Univ of WA and focusing on a cruise basing out of San Diego starting in Feb / Mar 2015. The vessel has a window of time available and meets our technical requirements.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007312 Created By: Seafloor LLC
Date Last Modified: 8/18/2014 10:39:00 AM Date Submitted: 8/18/2014 10:39:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2015 Ship/Facility: Thomas G. Thompson
Optimum Start Date: 2/22/2015 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 2/22/2015 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 3/1/2015 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
30 4 2 10 46
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 vessel has the deck space, A-frame, winches and cranes that meet our requirements AND has an opening in the schedule feb-mar 2015 that matches our window of operations as determined by the WHOI REMUS AUV we are using.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
12N Pacific
Description of Op Area: approximately 12°12.24’N, 117°9.6’W roughly 1250 nm due south of San Diego, CA USA
Op Area Size/Dia.: 42.5 km x 42.5 km
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
12.3° N / 117.4° W map
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NP13 map
12° N / 116.8° W 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
San Diego, CA, USA None San Diego, CA, 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: Seafloor LLC, SFI
# in Science Party 36 # 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
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.

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)
Selected 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 VanSelected 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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