ROV dive time definitions
ROV Control Room
The R/V Western Flyer is primarily configured to support ROV operations, however there is a limited back deck and A-frame that allow for auxiliary tasks.
When planning ship time for the R/V Western Flyer and ROV Doc Ricketts, keep in mind the following:
- A standard ROV dive day is 12 hours
- An extended dive day of up to 16 hours is possible depending on the
weather, equipment, and number of ROV crew, and is granted at the discretion
of the Chief ROV Pilot and Master prior to departure.
- A maximum science workday is 18 hours dependent upon the number of
crew and at the discretion of the Chief ROV Pilot and Master.
A workday can continue until midnight, but no operations other than vessel transits to different locations is permissible during the "off hours" of midnight to 0600.
- A science day may combine over-the-side oceanographic work with ROV tasks. For example, 12 hours of ROV operations combined with 6 hours of over-the-side work.
Vessel crews are required for any back deck over-the-side work. Scientists are not allowed to work independently for launch and deployment of gear.
- Planning your ship time:
When planning extended cruises, please note that each leg should not exceed 11 days.
No matter which ship you choose as your
platform, transit time to and from port to the operating area is charged to
projects, but can be economized with careful planning.
Mobilization time should be addressed in the Shiptime Requestconsider (a) how much equipment you will need to bring on board, (b) whether you will request new or an unusual combinations of tools, and (c) whether you will have specialized shipboard computer requirements.
DMO is available and eager to help in such planning, and will review all proposals and make recommendations. Project managers should carefully consider their requests and plan accordingly before they submit their proposal, especially in the case of cruises outside the home port where transit time, personal travel and expenses are an important factor.
Modifications of these guidelines are at the discretion of the director of Marine Operations.