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  North Pond 2016  -  2017  -  Atlantis  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Completing North Pond Borehole Experiments to Elucidate the Hydrology of Young, Slow-Spread Crust Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Charles G. Wheat, UAF_CFOS Project Institution: Ole Miss
Project ID: 104738 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 2/10/2015 12:08:00 AM Created By: Charles G. Wheat
Date Last Modified: 3/31/2016 12:35:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/MGG - 1536623 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We propose to study a ridge flank hydrothermal site on slow spreading crust that has been the focus of multi-national, interdisciplinary, and multi-decadal effort to study ridge flank hydrothermal processes - North Pond, a northeast-trending, 8-km-wide by 15-km-long sediment pond located on the western flank of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) at 22°45'N and 46°05'W. We request 13 days on site with the ROV Jason II in 2016 (or 2017) to accomplish the operations listed in Table 3 of the proposal in eight dives, each lasting about 20-24 hours with a 12-hour turnaround to account for crew logistics, “basket” changes, and line rigging. We have included 1.5 days for weather contingencies and 1 day for mechanical issues. Mechanical issues often arise due to the depth at which we will work (4480 m), which is deeper than normal operations.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Ocean going ship and the ROV Jason II
Summary of other requirements and comments: ROV Jason II
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007575 Created By: Charles G. Wheat
Date Last Modified: 3/31/2016 12:35:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/10/2015 12:08:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2017 Ship/Facility: Atlantis
Optimum Start Date: 3/1/2017 Dates to Avoid: not sure but probable hurricane season
Earliest Start Date: 3/1/2017 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/1/2017 Other Ship(s): .

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
13 3 1 10 27
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 need to use Jason II to recover downhole packages, thus we need an ocean going ship.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
North Pond MAR
Description of Op Area: western flank of the Mid Atlantic Ridge
Op Area Size/Dia.: 10
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
22° N / 46° W map
77 map
NA10 map
22° N / 46° W map
77 map
NA10 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
Woods Hole, MA, USA None, , None, Woods Hole, MA, 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: Charles G. Wheat, UAF_CFOS
# in Science Party 24 # 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 Also need the Jason Crew from WHOI
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.

Jason II

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)
Selected 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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