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  BATS  -  2019  -  Atlantic Explorer  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: The Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study:
Sustained Biogeochemical, Ecosystem and Ocean Change Observations and
Linkages in the North Atlantic (Years 31-35)
Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Nicholas R. Bates, BIOS Project Institution: BIOS
Project ID: 105942 Version #: 3
Date Submitted: 9/28/2017 2:46:00 PM Created By: Nicholas R. Bates
Date Last Modified: 8/30/2018 4:27:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/CO - 1756105 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Monthly physical and biogeochemical time-series sampling at the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) site in the subtropical North Atlantic Ocean (NA06). Operations consist of 10-20 CTD casts profiling to full ocean depth (4,500 m), deployment of free drifting arrays (e.g., sediment traps and primary production), and zooplankton/phytoplankton tows each cruise as part of the BATS project. The science compliment is typically 8-12 scientific staff, depending on collaborative projects.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Each BATS cruise will be 5 days duration using the R/V Atlantic Explorer, and utilizing all the facilities the ship currently possesses (e.g., winches, CTD rosette, underway systems, etc).
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009610 Created By: Nicholas R. Bates
Date Last Modified: 8/30/2018 4:27:00 PM Date Submitted: 9/28/2017 2:46:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2019 Ship/Facility: Atlantic Explorer
Optimum Start Date: 1/1/2019 Dates to Avoid: None
Earliest Start Date: 8/1/2019 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/1/2019 Other Ship(s): Not applicable

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
64 12 12 0 88
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
Yes Interval: Monthly/bimonthly # of Cruises: 16

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: Each year, twelve monthly core BATS cruises (4 days each cruise); 3 spring biweekly cruise (2 days each cruise), and one BATS validation transect (10 days; Bermuda to Puerto Rico to Bermuda)

Ship request for 2019

Please note we already have ship days allocated for BATS in 2018.
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
The R/V Atlantic Explorer (being located in Bermuda) is the ideal vessel to successfully conduct the BATS time-series project.

A demobilization day and mobilization day is included for the port of San Juan, and allows for transfer of personnel, equipment and samples.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area: NA06 region
Op Area Size/Dia.: 100
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
32° N / 64° W map
115 map
NA06 map
32° N / 64° W map
115 map
NA06 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
St. George's, Bermuda None, St. George's, Bermuda
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Nearest operational port to the BATS site

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Rod Johnson, BIOS
# in Science Party 10 # 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 Appropriate lab space and radioisotope lab space. Number of science personnel and marine technicians request reflect size of party required to successfully complete all cruise objectives. Marine techs responsible for CTD operations and other ship supported equipment.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningSelected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected SCUBA DivingSelected 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.

C-14 and H3 for primary production

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
Selected 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.
Not applicable

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