Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Operations
Cruise Planning

Science party guidelines for operations

Some guidelines for operations and your responsibilities as a member of the science party include:

  • Understanding the Chain of Command: While on board, the Master of the Vessel, Chief ROV Pilot and Chief Scientist work as a team, but above all others, the Master will always have the final word.
  • Please be courteous and professional by informing all of these parties as to your intentions and ultimate goals for the mission, as well as any actions that may affect your own personal safety or the safety of others. Please be certain to brief the Master, Chief Pilot, and members of your science party should you decide to alter your plans during the cruise.
  • Please bring aboard your own supplies, including an appropriate supply of digital videotapes, office supplies, any computers and related equipment you may need, MSDS sheets for any hazardous materials, and any science-related equipment not normally furnished by DMO. Remove all of your supplies, as well as your samples, immediately upon return to the dock. In the case of a Western Flyer cruise, you are expected to have all of your gear removed within 24 hours of the ship's return to port.
  • Return labeled used and all unused videotapes to the MBARI Video Lab. All videos are the sole property of MBARI. See guidelines concerning copies or usage.
  • It is expected that members of the science party fully understand the operation of the ROV camera controls and the video annotation system prior to the mission. If you are not familiar with the ROV camera system, please review the video procedures and contact Lonny Lundsten for training.
  • Please be specific in your precruise report. Provide coordinates for your operations site, and also make note of any other equipment, which you are personally aware of, that may be located at the site or within its proximity. These include Homer pros, subsurface moorings, cables, dataloggers, and other deployed or stationary equipment. Please file a postcruise report within two weeks of the conclusion of your cruise as data and video will not be made available until a report is filed.
  • Guest Policy: Anyone participating in the cruise who is not a member of the ship's crew is considered a member of the science party. In addition to the ROV Pilots, the Point Lobos will take up to six science participants—any additional participants are by the Master's special permission. The Western Flyer carries a total complement of up to 26 participants, including crew members. The number of slots available to the science party varies for each cruise, so please check with the Logistics Support Specialist.
  • Cleanliness: Please clean-up after yourself—on the mess deck, in the control room, on deck, or in the science lab areas. Food and beverages should be consumed only on the mess deck—neither ship allows food or beverages in the control rooms. While on a Western Flyer cruise, you are also responsible for the cleanliness of your stateroom and head/shower.
Last updated: Apr. 25, 2013