International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Boreholes Monterey Bay
Project Manager: Bill Ussler
MBARI designed a new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) serviceable wellhead for cable-connected boreholes in anticipation of a Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS) borehole in Monterey Bay. It now appears that the requirement of the International Ocean Drilling Program to submit a full environmental impact statement prior to drilling will mean that the Monterey Bay drilling cannot happen before the second half of 2008, at the earliest. The design for this wellhead is likely to be tested elsewhere first. France and Japan have requested documentation of the design, which will be completed under this project.