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  TAO Service  -  2015  -  Thomas G. Thompson  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Tropical Ocean-Atmosphere (TAO) Buoy Maintenance Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Jeff Jenner, NOAA_NDBC Project Institution: NOAA_NDBC
Project ID: 104662 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 PM Created By: Jeff Jenner
Date Last Modified: 12/17/2014 12:01:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NOAA/NWS/NDBC - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Perform maintenance of Tropical Atmosphere-Ocean buoys and moorings along the 95W and 110W meridians. Recover buoys and moorings to the deck of the ship and deploy new buoys, moorings, and anchors.
Summary of Facility Requirements: A vessel with an endurance of 40 days, 7,000 nautical mile endurance. Clear working deck space of 2,500 square feet with a 20,000 SWL A-frame (20 feet wide). Conductivity-Temperature-Depth winch.
Summary of other requirements and comments: A deck supervisor and at least two members of the deck department. At least one survey technician to operate the CTD, ADCP, multibeam, and other ship's data systems.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007450 Created By: Jeff Jenner
Date Last Modified: 12/17/2014 12:01:00 PM Date Submitted: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2015 Ship/Facility: Thomas G. Thompson
Optimum Start Date: 4/1/2015 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 4/1/2015 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 5/31/2015 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
15 3 2 20 40
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 loss of a dedicated TAO servicing vessel has significantly extended the time between servicing stations on the TAO array, causing NOAA to recover and deploy the buoy/mooring system at every station that the vessel visits. A typical TAO cruise now requires the vessel to carry enough anchors, buoys, and equipment to service fourteen stations (approximately 80 tons). Only the Global class vessels have the capacity and endurance to perform this mission. NOAA plans to have the equipment and personnel resources to perform a 35-day TAO cruise during the first half of calendar year 2015. The cruise would service fourteen buoys. The TAO lines (meridians) to be serviced are at 95W and 110W longitude (buoys spaced at 8N, 5N, 2N, 0, 2S, 5S, and 8S latitude on each line). These buoys are typically serviced one complete line at a time, but NOAA has flexibility in the order of servicing to accommodate other scientific projects in the same vicinity. The only constraint is to service 14 stations per cruise.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Equatorial PAC
Description of Op Area: Equatorial Pacific from 110W to 95W
Op Area Size/Dia.: 855,000 nautical miles
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
8° N / 110° W map
12 map
NP13 map
8° S / 95° W map
309 map
SP03 map
  Show Degrees Minutes    
Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes 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: Jeff Jenner, NOAA_NDBC
# in Science Party 3 # 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 NDBC will send three TAO-trained technicians. Vessel operator will need to provide a deck supervisor and survey technician.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningSelected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Selected 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.

Diving requirement is minimal. Only as a contingency to observe or repair a sensor near the surface.

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.

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