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  RI Shipwrecks  -  2015  -  Endeavor  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Telepresence-­-Enabled ROV Exploration of Rhode Island Shipwrecks Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Dwight Coleman, URI_GSO Project Institution: URI_GSO
Project ID: 104836 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 4/9/2015 8:18:00 AM Created By: Dwight Coleman
Date Last Modified: 4/9/2015 8:18:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: STATE - RIEP - Funded
Summary of Field Work: The R/V Endeavor, recently equipped with an upgraded satellite telecommunication system and a video telepresence system, along with a side-scan sonar system and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system, will be used to explore the remains of several shipwrecks located near the Rhode Island coast, including the German U-Boat U-853. This project will employ the telepresence system to broadcast live video feeds from the ROV dives, through the Inner Space Center, into Rhode Island classrooms and the public Internet. The exploration team will include historians and archaeologists from the Ocean Exploration Trust and from NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. The team will also include marine biologist Dr. David Gruber from Baruch College, who will loan his ROV and biological expertise to the project. The ROV is the DeepReef ROV, a Saab Seaeye Falcon (Figure 1), which is capable of diving to 300m depth and is equipped with a special camera system for imaging bioluminescent animals. A side-scan sonar system will be used to survey the shipwreck sites prior to launching the ROV. This will allow the explorers to collect sonar imagery (i.e. Figure 2) that will be used to construct a dive plan and to navigate the ROV safely around each wreck site. Several other shipwrecks will be explored in addition to the U-853, and these sites will be determined in consultation with NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program officers (part of the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries) and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. In addition to exploring shipwrecks, ROV time will be spent imaging and researching (including possibly collecting) bioluminescent animals in the water column and on the sea floor around the wreck sites. This work will be conducted under the supervision of and in partnership with David Gruber and URI-GSO graduate student and ROV pilot Brennan Phillips.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will need sufficient deck space and lab space to support the ROV operation. The R/V Endeavor has what we need. We will need to integrate ship navigation data into our data acquisition systems, and will rely on the ship's ADCP, subbottom profiler, and satellite/video telepresence system.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007741 Created By: Dwight Coleman
Date Last Modified: 4/9/2015 8:18:00 AM Date Submitted: 4/9/2015 8:18:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2015 Ship/Facility: Endeavor
Optimum Start Date: 9/1/2015 Dates to Avoid: We are already locked in to Endeavor's schedule for 9/1 - 9/7, 2015.
Earliest Start Date: 9/1/2015 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 9/2/2015 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
5 1 1 0 7
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:
RI Sound
Description of Op Area: Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound
Op Area Size/Dia.: 20 nm2
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
41.5° N / 71.75° W map
152 map
NA06 map
41° N / 71° W map
152 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
None None None
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: Dwight Coleman, URI_GSO
# in Science Party 10 # 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
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningSelected 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 workSelected 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.

Saab SeaEye Falcon ROV

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 JasonSelected 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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