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  Mermaid+X  -  2020  -  Atlantic Explorer  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Through the Ocean to the Mantle: Seismic Study of the Pacific Mantle with Long-Lived Autonomous Floating Seismic Sensors Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Frederik J. Simons, Princeton Project Institution: Princeton
Project ID: 106784 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/18/2020 4:24:00 AM Created By: Frederik J. Simons
Date Last Modified: 2/18/2020 4:24:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/MGG - 1917058 - Funded
NSF/EAR - 1736046 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We plan to test an ocean acoustics system that consists of a seafloor receiver called DOGS (manufactured by DBV Technology) that needs to be dropped and recovered to the ocean floor, and whose location is being surveyed by a sound source integrated with a GPS system mounted on a Datamaran (manufactured by Autonomous Marine Systems) of the Mark-8 type. We lower the DOGS to the seafloor, deploy the Mark-8 and conduct two orthogonal 6-hour transects with it. Subsequently we recover the units. We estimate the whole operation could take place in about 20 hours.
Summary of Facility Requirements: The R/V Atlantic Explorer, as we recall from having used her before, will have all the necessary equipment.
Summary of other requirements and comments: We will work with the Captain and the BATS PI to set up a feasible experiment. But the idea is that it can be a small add-on to an existing BATS cruise. We are trying taking advantage of deep water doing something that we have already done once, in shallow water (Boston Harbor)...
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Collaborative Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1011011 Created By: Frederik J. Simons
Date Last Modified: 2/18/2020 4:24:00 AM Date Submitted: 2/18/2020 4:24:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2020 Ship/Facility: Atlantic Explorer
Optimum Start Date: 4/20/2020 Dates to Avoid: We can be flexible but the April 20th BATS cruise appears ideal.
Earliest Start Date:   Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date:   Other Ship(s): We will work with the Captain and the BATS PI to set up a feasible experiment from the Atlantic Explorer. In prior discussions we settled on the need to request one additional science day. My calculation below is a guesstimate for the total including the regular BATS cruise.

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
1 1 1 4 7
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:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area: At or near the BATS/OFP station or wherever we can have water that can be considered "deep ocean".
Op Area Size/Dia.: 10
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
31° N / 64° W map
115 map
NA06 map
31° N / 64° 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
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

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Frederik J. Simons, Princeton
# in Science Party 6 # 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 Bud Vincent from DBV Technologies/URI will be the operational lead. In our prior fieldwork to date, including on the Atlantic Explorer, we have had the assistance of some 2 on-board technicians, and we expect to be able to rely on them this time as well. Again, we will be glad to discuss the detailed operational plan, which is straightforward, offline.
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)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.

N/A. We think the Atlantic Explorer has it all.

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
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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