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  SSS2016  -  2016  -  Atlantic Explorer  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Sargasso Sea Spring 2016 Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Karl Kreatschman, JHU_APL Project Institution: JHU_APL
Project ID: 105140 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 1/27/2016 7:08:00 AM Created By: Karl Kreatschman
Date Last Modified: 3/28/2016 9:35:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: OTHER - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: The primary function of the vessel is to maneuver around a specified rectangular area each day, collect and record salinity of water, water temperature, water depth, wind speed, sound speed of water, Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, radar contact information, wind direction, wave height, air temperature and ocean currents
Summary of Facility Requirements: 1. Vessel shall be able to get underway and remain on station, and support deployment of equipment under a maximum condition of wind speeds up to thirty (30) knots or a wave height of ten (10) feet
2. Minimum vessel length shall be one hundred and thirty (125) feet
3.Vessell shall be able to operate anywhere within the following grid: 21.0° N – 31.0°N Latitude and 75.0° W – 65.0° W Longitude
4. Vessel shall be able to mobilize equipment and embark passengers no more than 500nmi from OPAREA.
5. Vessel shall provide overnight accommodations for up to ten (10) government/government contractor representatives, including meals.
6. Vessel shall have plotting electronics such as GPS, AIS and Navigation Radar as part of normal piloting.
7. Vessel shall have accommodations for carry-on AIS, GPS, Weather Station and Navigation Radar as well as laptops for recording purposes. Sufficient, clean dedicated 120V 15Amp power source shall be made available for carry-on electronics in an enclosed spaced.
8. Vessel shall have the ability to collect and record seawater salinity, bottom depth, water currents, water temperature, water depth, wind speed and direction. Table or desk space with a minimum of two (2) square feet shall be available for government and/or representative’s hand carried materials. Vessel crew shall assist government personnel with set up of equipment, routing of cables and installation of antennae or any other fixed equipment.
9. Vessel shall accommodate cableway access from recording equipment to antennae
10. Vessel shall have the accessibility to allow cable routing from the aft end of the boat
11. If distance of cabling is short, vessel shall provide enclosed space capable of housing equipment within a max of twenty-five (25) feet from CTD/XBT casting location
12. Vessel shall provide desk space of a minimum 16ft2 in size to accommodate all recording equipment
13. Location Details:
a. Operating grid area is as follows: 24 30° N to 28° N latitude and 71 05° W to 69 55° W longitude
b. Specific details and fixed waypoint geometries will be provided prior to underway
Summary of other requirements and comments: a. Vessel shall be available for mobilization of government equipment starting March X, 2016 at a location TBD (within 700nmi of OPAREA). Mobilization is expected to not exceed sixteen (16) hours.
b. Vessel shall embark all personnel and transit to test location on XXX
c. Testing will begin in the test area as determined by the Test Director (TD).
d. Testing within the OPAREA box will continue until the entire OPAREA box has been surveyed and deemed a sufficient amount of data by the Chief Scientist (CS) and/or TD
d. Vessel shall return to port to demobilize equipment and to disembark passengers after project completion.
e. Vessel shall be released for transit to home port after all government equipment and collected data has been demobilized.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1008229 Created By: Karl Kreatschman
Date Last Modified: 1/27/2016 7:08:00 AM Date Submitted: 1/27/2016 7:08:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2016 Ship/Facility: Atlantic Explorer
Optimum Start Date: 5/13/2016 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 5/11/2016 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 5/14/2016 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
10 2 1 2 15
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:
Sargasso Sea
Description of Op Area: Sargasso Sea, 24 30° N to 28 00° N latitude and 71 05° W to 69 55° W longitude
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
34.5° N / 71.083333° W map
116 map
NA06 map
28° N / 69.916667° W map
79 map
NA09 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
St. George's, Bermuda None St. George's, Bermuda
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: Karl Kreatschman, JHU_APL
# 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 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.

CTD, Deck Winch and A-Frame to deploy and recover science equipment

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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