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  Viruses in Basement  -  2017  -  Atlantis  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Infections in the basement: viral interactions with microbiota inhabiting crustal basalt of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge flank Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Grieg Steward, UH_SOEST Project Institution: UH_SOEST
Project ID: 105153 Version #: 3
Date Submitted: 2/12/2016 7:00:00 PM Created By: Grieg Steward
Date Last Modified: 8/13/2016 6:17:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1636402 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Kits (CORKs 1382A and 1383C) in each of two boreholes located in North Pond on the flank of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge using an ROV. The systems will be left in place for three to five days then recovered. In addition, an elevator (free vehicle) with an autonomous filtration system will be dropped to the sea floor, left in place for one to two days to filter near-bottom seawater, then floated to the surface for recovery. A Niskin bottle rosette with CTD and pinger would be used to collect additional seawater samples.
Summary of Facility Requirements: A deep-sea rated ROV (4,480 m) is required for deployment of the filtration systems. Laboratory bench space (10 -15 linear ft) and access to a sink and a fume hood on the ship is required for processing of samples. Refrigerator (4°C, walk-in) and freezer (-20°C, 10 cu. ft and -80 °C; 10 cu. Ft.) space are also required for storage of unpreserved and preserved (formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde) fluid samples. A Niskin rosette (24 x 10L) with CTD and winch with conductive cable capable of reaching close to the seafloor at the site (4,480 m) is requested for seawater collection.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Collaborative Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1008244 Created By: Grieg Steward
Date Last Modified: 8/13/2016 6:17:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/12/2016 7:00:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2017 Ship/Facility: Atlantis
Optimum Start Date: 10/2/2017 Dates to Avoid: not sure but probable hurricane season
Earliest Start Date: 3/1/2017 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 10/8/2017 Other Ship(s): none

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
3 5 1 10 19
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: none
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
We need to use Jason II for deployment of seafloor equipment. We are proposing to collaborate on this cruise with C. Geoffrey Wheat who is funded to work at the same location. We will be coordinating logistics to conduct work at the CORK observatories located in North Pond.
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
St. George's, Bermuda None, , None, Bridgetown, Barbados
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Other ports nearer to the field site are accepatable

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Grieg Steward, UH_SOEST
# in Science Party 2 # 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.
CTD hydrocast

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