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  SAB Deepwater  -  2018  -  Atlantis  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Deepwater characterization of the Mid and South Atlantic Bight Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Caitlin Adams, NOAA/OER Project Institution: NOAA/OER
Project ID: 105717 Version #: 4
Date Submitted: 2/23/2017 10:56:00 AM Created By: Caitlin Adams
Date Last Modified: 6/12/2018 2:08:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NOAA/OE - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: A combination of ship, AUV, and deepwater ROV operations to investigate and characterize shelf edge and slop habitats generally offshore of Virginia to Florida/Georgia border.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Combination of regional and global class vessels, deepwater ROVs, and deepwater AUV. May include bottom trawl, mid-water nets, CTD, and benthic lander deployments.
Summary of other requirements and comments: OER intends to use a combination of UNOLS and NOAA facilities to support project platform requirements.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009448 Created By: Caitlin Adams
Date Last Modified: 6/12/2018 2:08:00 PM Date Submitted: 7/25/2017 12:25:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: Atlantis
Optimum Start Date: 8/1/2018 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 4/1/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 9/1/2018 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
21 3 1 1 26
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:
This is a request for year two of an expected three-year interagency project. Because the Ron Brown will be in the Indian Ocean in 2018, OER is considering other options beyond the NOAA fleet, as using a smaller NOAA ship would require de-scoping the planned science.

The Atlantis and Alvin would provide excellent capabilities for this project, especially given the weather and current conditions we expect to be operating in.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area: Shelf edge and slope habitats offshore of Virginia to Georgia
Op Area Size/Dia.: n/a
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
37° N / 73° W map
116 map
NA06 map
30° N / 78° 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.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Norfolk, VA, USA None Norfolk, VA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Any ports in the Southeast Atlantic would be suitable.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Erik Cordes, Temple
# in Science Party 23 # of different science teams 2 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements All numbers are estimates. Will need appropriate crew for the Alvin and then will fill remaining berths with science party.
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)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.

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)
Selected 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 SpoolerSelected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.
The Alvin will be used to explore canyon, coral, and seep targets from Norfolk seep in the north to the Blake Plateau coral habitats in the south. The Alvin will allow scientists to work successfully in these high current environments and will be used to collect a variety of samples for the science team.

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