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  Woodfall  -  2020  -  Atlantis  
  Project Information  
Project Title: The energetic assembly of biological communities: a test with deep-sea
Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Craig R. McClain, Louisiana Project Institution: LUMCON
Project ID: 106619 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 8/29/2019 11:46:00 AM Created By: Clifton C. Nunnally
Date Last Modified: 1/8/2020 5:10:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1634586 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Deployment and recovery of experimental wood packets at 4 locations in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We require a ship and submersible/ROV that will allow is to deploy experiments on the sea floor. Experiments will be recovered near the end of the project and require a ship and deep submergence vehicle capable of recovering the experiments. Experimental wood packets will be delivered and returned from ship to sea floor using a work basket on a winch or with the use of a free-fall elevator.
Summary of other requirements and comments: A cold wet lab or walk in refrigerator for processing wood packets. Storage for ~100 5-gallon buckets that will hold final samples.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1010695 Created By: Clifton C. Nunnally
Date Last Modified: 1/8/2020 5:10:00 PM Date Submitted: 8/29/2019 11:46:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2020 Ship/Facility: Atlantis
Optimum Start Date: 2/11/2020 Dates to Avoid: May 7-10
Earliest Start Date: 2/9/2020 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 2/11/2020 Other Ship(s): NA

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
6 2 1 2 11
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: NA
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:
Gulf of Mexico
Description of Op Area: northern Gulf of Mexico continental slope
Depths of 2,000-2,500 meters
Op Area Size/Dia.: 500 nm
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
27.312393° N / 88.926911° W map
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NA09 map
28.813303° N / 87.820067° W 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
Gulfport, MS, USA None Gulfport, MS, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Craig R. McClain, Louisiana
# in Science Party 16 # 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 We require a sufficient number of scientists to help process wood packets and sediment cores once back on deck. Technician requirements are only necessary for standard submersible operations and launch/recovery of elevator or work basket.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireSelected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected SCUBA DivingUnselected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workSelected 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.

We will need an elevator capable of transporting wood packets collected on sea floor to the surface. Three previous cruises for this project used a work basket lowered to the sea floor on a winch cable. The basket was unhooked from the cable for work on the bottom and reconnected for recovery at the end of the dive. We have an available basket if this type of operation is deemed necessary. The basket is rectangular in shape with an A-frame frame pick point and 2 independent doors on either side of a-frame. Total length is 1.96 meters, width of basket is 1.33 meters and height of basket enclosure is 0.96 meters. Maximum height at pick point is 1.85 meters. The basket lids on either side of the a-frame swivel on dual hinges and open fully to touch the a-frame where they are held in place by attached magnetic strips. Each lid has a width of 1.25 meters and a depth of 0.765 meters.

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 VanSelected 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.

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