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  Marine biophotonics  -  2018  -  Hugh R. Sharp  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Marine Biophotonics - a materials science approach to living photonic systems Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Alison M. Sweeney, UPenn Project Institution: UPenn
Project ID: 103966 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 7/20/2013 11:53:00 AM Created By: Alison M. Sweeney
Date Last Modified: 8/24/2017 2:32:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/EDU - 1351935 (Career) - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We plan to use a Mother Tucker trawl, plankton nets, squid jigging and scientific SCUBA diving to collect animals of interest for our work. Our work will consist of a CTD to start the day, followed by 3 - 4 large net deployments at various depths during the day to collect animals. At night, the science party will conduct jigging for squids over the rail of the ship.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will need a CTDO, rosette, A-frame and winch with 0.64" conducting wire for net operation, sufficient deck space for net deployments, and if possible a small boat and compressor for SCUBA operations.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009577 Created By: Alison M. Sweeney
Date Last Modified: 8/24/2017 2:32:00 PM Date Submitted: 8/24/2017 2:32:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: Hugh R. Sharp
Optimum Start Date: 7/1/2018 Dates to Avoid: I've requested dates after the end of UPenn's spring term and such that the cruise would conclude before the start of the fall term, since I am expected to teach on campus both of those terms.
Earliest Start Date: 5/8/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/15/2018 Other Ship(s): N/A

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
10 1 1 0 12
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: This is the third funded cruise associated with my NSF CAREER award.
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
The R/V Hugh Sharp will allow us to drive our personnel and equipment from Philadelphia to the port (about 120 miles), resulting in significant cost savings over shipping gear and flying to a more distant port. Teaching schedules dictate that we schedule cruises in the summer break.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Offshore Delawa
Description of Op Area: On our previous two cruises, we've found the most specimens of interest at a station at 37º49'N, 73º36'W, and this trip, we will plan to mostly work in that area.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 340
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
38.8° N / 75.1° W map
116 map
NA06 map
38.8° N / 75.1° 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.)
There are no participants or equipment residing in foreign countries participating in this project.
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Lewes, DE, USA None Lewes, DE, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
We plan to leave the ship's home port in Lewes, Delaware, work in an area approximately 90 NM from Lewes, and return to port in Lewes.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Alison M. Sweeney, UPenn
# 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 The Sweeney lab has seven graduate students, two postdocs, and one undergraduate who plan to participate in the cruise. We also plan to invite a few collaborators from other labs to help run trawling operations, since this operation takes 5-6 people on deck for an hour at a time several times a day.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Selected 0.680 Coax Wire
Selected 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)
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 VanSelected 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.
I'm not sure at this point whether the winches and wire we used on our last cruise were native to the Sharp or required coordination with off-site UNOLS facilities. I plan to coordinate with the ship in winter of 2018 to make sure we have adequate winch and wire for running our trawling system.

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