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  Gas Hydrate Imaging  -  2018  -  Hugh R. Sharp  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Imaging U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin Gas Hydrate Province and Underlying Structure Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Ruppel, USGS_Woods Hole Project Institution: USGS_Woods Hole
Project ID: 105810 Version #: 3
Date Submitted: 7/2/2017 4:51:00 PM Created By: Carolyn Ruppel
Date Last Modified: 10/20/2017 4:37:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: USGS - NONE - Funded
OTHER - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Acquire approximately 1700-2000 line-km of multichannel seismic data with small airguns (USGS--Ruppel is expert at and will be fully responsible for obtaining the IHA, biological opinion, etc) to fill in the modern seismic data gap between just south of Hudson Canyon to approximately Currituck slide, from the outer shelf to 2500-3000 m water depth
Summary of Facility Requirements: USGS will provide: GI-guns, 1 km streamer/birds and UNOLS-approved winch, compressors, sonobuoys, all acquisition computers, and EK60 transducer to be mounted in retractable keel.

Total weight is within limits for R/V Sharp fantail.
Summary of other requirements and comments: prefer ship with stabilizers, ship based at Mid-Atlantic port (reduces transit) and ship not owned by NSF (so that NSF does not have to sign off on USGS NEPA)
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009400 Created By: Carolyn Ruppel
Date Last Modified: 10/20/2017 4:37:00 PM Date Submitted: 7/2/2017 4:51:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: Hugh R. Sharp
Optimum Start Date: 7/6/2018 Dates to Avoid: USGS equipment and personnel not available in May or June due to other programs that require some of the same equipment. Will not go in August due to risk of hurricanes.
Earliest Start Date: 6/23/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/9/2018 Other Ship(s): none

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
19 2 1 0 22
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:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
US Mid-Atlantic
Description of Op Area: US Mid-Atlantic margin, Hudson Canyon to Currituck slide, outer shelf to 3000 m
Op Area Size/Dia.: 200x100 nm
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
36.05° N / 73.16° W map
116 map
NA06 map
39.5° N / 72.5° W map
116 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.)
USGS is experienced with and will completely handle the IHA process (to comply with MMPA) and obtain a biological opinion (for ESA). The USGS will also be responsible for any CZMA consultations. PSVOs will be hired for this cruise. We expect the R/V Sharp to provide access to/cooperate with PSVOs stationed in the bridge or in another mutually agreeable spot.
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Lewes, DE, USA Lewes, DE, USA Lewes, DE, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Request Lewes to avoid mob/demob costs. Intermediate port may be used for refueling. Anticipate needing to refuel twice due to fuel needs of compressors. Ideally one refuel in Norfolk @ NOAA dock and one in Lewes (possibly with crew switch at discretion of UDel). Lewes' charateristics: Port is conveniently about midway between northern/southern extent of surveys.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Carolyn Ruppel, USGS_Woods Hole
# 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 Science party will include contracted PSVOs. Professional PSVOs will likely be a requirement of the IHA the USGS obtains for this project.

USGS operations/technical personnel will run all seismic/EK60 operations.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningUnselected 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
1 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

We may need DP.

We do not require *shared use* equipment. We will provide our own seismic equipment. We are not reliant on UNOLS or the OBS facility for our seismic equipment. The availability of USGS equipment and personnel does affect scheduling on our side, since we cannot put the program to sea in May or June.

Due to needing fantail space for compressors and winches, we will likely sail without the USGS data acquisition van.

We are borrowing some Scripps equipment that is coming off the Atlantis in Woods Hole (Mitch Lyle's cruise) in late July. Thus, we cannot sail until after 1 August, 2018.

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.
USGS provides (owns, leases, or borrows)
streamer and UNOLS-approved winch
all necessary acquisition equipment, internal network, NTP server, etc.
EK60 38 kHz transducer (R/V Sharp has the appropriate mount already)

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