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  Sound source study 1  -  2016  -  Hugh R. Sharp  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Interagency sound source verification for low-energy imaging sources Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Patrick Hart, USGS_SantaCruz Project Institution: USGS_Woods Hole
Project ID: 104670 Version #: 4
Date Submitted: 1/6/2015 1:04:00 PM Created By: Carolyn Ruppel
Date Last Modified: 6/22/2016 11:37:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: OTHER - BOEM - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Up to 17 days at sea conducting sound source verification on a range of high-resolution geophysical sources that do not require IHA or other permitting. Sources would include, but not be limited to, sparkers, Chirps, multibeams, boomers, and hull-based transducers. Hydrophone arrays will be deployed to receive signals at different distances from ship. Work will be carried out at few tens of meters water depth up to 150 m.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Clear deck space to accommodate various towed acoustic sources. Ability to pole-mount various equipment. Deck anchors and space for up to two standard (10x20) user-provided vans. Use of Knudsen 320BR for part of the cruise or capacity to accommodate user-provided 320BR transducer. Potentially require access to removable keel to install an auxiliary transducer for sound source testing. Ability to berth up to 14 scientific party members. DP is preferable, although not necessarily required. Ship with existing sound study on her hull and known quiet hull preferred.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007461 Created By: Carolyn Ruppel
Date Last Modified: 8/6/2015 7:44:00 PM Date Submitted: 1/6/2015 1:04:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2016 Ship/Facility: Hugh R. Sharp
Optimum Start Date: 6/6/2016 Dates to Avoid: Would like to avoid earlier in spring (prior to 5/1) due to sea state constraints and potential deterioration of noise data (that is the point of this work). Would like to avoid after 9/1/2016 for the same reason and due to the concern about hurricanes.
Earliest Start Date: 5/1/2016 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 9/1/2016 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
17 2 1 0 20
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: Mid-Atlantic inner shelf to uppermost slope
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
38.5° N / 74.2° W map
116 map
NA06 map
40.7° N / 72.6° W map
152 map
NA06 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
Lewes, DE, USA None Lewes, DE, 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: Patrick Hart, USGS_SantaCruz
# in Science Party 14 # 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 The USGS will constitute part of teh science part to manage the cruise, deploy acoustic sources, and so forth. An unknown vendor will be conducting the acoustics measurements. We will require a max of 13 personnel plus the R/V Sharp technician.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected 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.

None of this should affect ship scheduling:

USGS will provide acoustic sources (except operator installed equipment). Other scientific party (acoustics vendor) will provide hydrophones and deployment technique (moored?) for detection of acoustic signals.
DP is strongly preferred. Sharp Reson MBES is high frequency compared to what is typically of concern for ocean noise, but it will be tested on this cruise.

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 and other science party would each supply a standard van.

There are specific power requirements for the sparker source (220/240 single phase generator), but USGS can discuss potential workarounds as necessary.

USGS will install 38 kHz split beam transducer in removable keel for testing on this cruise and will likely want to use the 3.5 kHz Sharp transducer as well. If both cannot be accommodated, we will likely default to the 3.5 kHz.

USGS can provide NTP server or ship can provide. Require UPS or will bring our own. DGPS feeds required in dry lab space.

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