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  Deep CCZ  -  2018  -  Kilo Moana  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Ecosystem-wide survey of biodiversity, connectivity and ecosystem function across
the deep seafloor biome of the CCZ to help assess and manage the impacts of
polymetallic nodule mining
Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Craig R. Smith, UH_SOEST Project Institution: UH_SOEST
Project ID: 105936 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 9/15/2017 10:19:00 PM Created By: Craig R. Smith
Date Last Modified: 9/15/2017 10:19:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NOAA/OE - NA17OAR0110209 - Funded
OTHER - 5596 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: The cruise plan involves 10 days transit and 22 days on station. Three marine protected areas (called Areas of Particular Environmental Interest, orAPEIs) set up by the ISA in the western Clarion-Clipperton Zone will be studied. In each APEI, abyssal seafloor and 2 seamounts will be studied. Six station days will support ROV operations on the three seamounts, one day will support multibeam surveys on seamounts, 9 days will support ROV operations at three abyssal plain sites (one site adjacent to each seamount), and 6 days total time will be used for free vehicle deployments/recoveries and CTD profiles to the abyssal seafloor. Deployment + recovery time of each free vehicle requires < 3h, so the 6 days of ship time will allow a total of 48 total free-vehicle deployments distributed among our three seamount and three abyssal plain sites.
Summary of Facility Requirements: ROV Lu'ukai, Jason or ROPOS
CTD to abyssal depths
A-frame for deployment/recovery of large free-vehicle systems
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009601 Created By: Craig R. Smith
Date Last Modified: 9/15/2017 10:19:00 PM Date Submitted: 9/15/2017 10:19:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: Kilo Moana
Optimum Start Date: 3/1/2018 Dates to Avoid: July-October - Peak of hurricane season
Earliest Start Date: 3/1/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 5/2/2018 Other Ship(s): N/A

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
25 4 1 7 37
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval: N/A # of Cruises: 1

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: N/A
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
Kilo Moana is the support ship for the Lu'ukai and home-ported nearest to our op area.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Western CCZ
Description of Op Area: APEI number 1, 4 and 7 in the western end of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone
Op Area Size/Dia.: ~1000 nm across
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
12° N / 151.5° W map
52 map
NP12 map
4.8° N / 141.5° W map
15 map
NP12 map
  Show Degrees Minutes    
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
Honolulu, HI, USA None Honolulu, HI, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Honolulu is the nearest port to our area of operations

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Craig R. Smith, UH_SOEST
# in Science Party 24 # of different science teams 6 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements We will need at least 2 berths for each of the science teams, 11-12 berths for the ROV Lu'ukai team. If an alternate ROV (Jason or ROPOS) us used with a smaller ROV team, we will still fill the 24 science berths.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningSelected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Selected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameSelected 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
2 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

The ROV Lu'ukai will bring two vans to support their operations. If an alternate ROV is used (Jason or ROPOS) they will also bring 2-3 vans.

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 JasonSelected 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.
We will use the ROV Lu'ukai, assuming it successfully completes deep testing in Jan 2018. If the Lu'ukai cannot conduct our work to 5200 m depths, we will use the Jason, if available. This would result in a shorter cruise due to higher ROV costs.

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