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  HT-RESIST  -  2019  -  Thomas G. Thompson  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Hikurangi Trench Regional Electromagnetic Survey to Image the Subduction Thrust Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Samer Naif, GaTech Project Institution: LDEO
Project ID: 105632 Version #: 3
Date Submitted: 2/13/2017 5:10:00 PM Created By: Samer Naif
Date Last Modified: 3/21/2018 3:55:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/MGG - 1737328 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: A seafloor magnetotelluric and controlled source electromagnetic survey on nine 150 km long profiles across the Hikurangi subduction zone east of South Island, New Zealand.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Global class vessel with UNOLS .680" coax deeptow cable and A- frame for EM deep towing. Crane for 168 ocean bottom EM deployments and recoveries. Multibeam bathymetry using EM302 system.
Summary of other requirements and comments: we are requesting (2) legs with 10 to 30 days between each leg. The first leg will require 28 days, and the second leg requires seven days (both including transit time out of Wellington, NZ). But the time between legs is flexible.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009127 Created By: Samer Naif
Date Last Modified: 3/21/2018 3:55:00 PM Date Submitted: 2/13/2017 5:10:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2019 Ship/Facility: Thomas G. Thompson
Optimum Start Date: 2/8/2019 Dates to Avoid: We need small seas to ensure deep towing will be possible on very specific headings and at slow speeds of 1.5 to 2 kts. February is preferred for best weather and since two of the participating scientists have another field program through mid-January 2019.
Earliest Start Date: 11/15/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 3/15/2019 Other Ship(s): Roger Revelle
Thomas G. Thompson
Sally Ride
Neil Armstrong

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
33 2 2 2 39
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
Yes Interval: 14 # of Cruises: 2

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: Our interval needs are flexible, ideally between 10-30 interval days for the ocean bottom electromagnetic receivers to record data.
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
RV Thompson or RV Revelle is needed for deck space for 42 EM receivers and for deep-towing EM transmitter. It is possible to use RV Armstrong or RV Ride to take advantage of the USBL system for navigating the EM transmitter during deep-tow operations.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
New Zealand
Description of Op Area: East of North Island, New Zealand
Op Area Size/Dia.: approximately 400km by 200km
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
42.333° S / 175.75° E map
462 map
SP04 map
38.417° S / 179.833° W map
425 map
SP04 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:

New Zealand
 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
Wellington, New Zealand None, Wellington, New Zealand
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Wellington, Gisborne, and Napier ports are convenient since we will acquire data off the east coast of North Island, NZ. The Auckland port also works but may require additional transit time.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Samer Naif, GaTech
# in Science Party 14 # 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 We will be deploying 42 ocean bottom electromagnetic receivers four times for a total of 168 deployments and recoveries. We will also be deep-towing an EM transmitter, so we will need a global class ship. We will need a crane operator 24/7 for deploying and recovering seafloor EM receivers.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Selected 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.

We will be deploying 42 ocean bottom electromagnetic receivers four times and deep-towing an EM transmitter, so we will need a global class ship. Deep-towing requires the 0.680 coax cable.

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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