Support Services

Technical staff is provided 24-hours a day for scientific cruises.  The number of sailing staff depends on the cruise objectives and is evaluated on a cruise by cruise basis

Technical Staff Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the technician staff to work in accordance with the issued procedures and within the cruise specifications. They are also responsible for maintaining the equipment, keep this in optimum condition and use it in accordance with the applicable procedures, work instructions and manuals. Technicians are responsible for all data gathered, to ensure that it is of maximum achievable quality and properly filed and labeled on the appropriate forms.  Technicians will communicate with the Chief Science Officer on a continuous basis to keep him/her up to date with the status and progress of the work.

 
The survey technicians are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the survey equipment. This shall include overseeing that correct procedures are used during calibrations and winch operations, and that the data is logged in the correct format and electronic annotation is correct. This responsibility extends to assisting with installation and maintenance of the navigation and bathymetry spreads.  They are also responsible for ensuring that correct procedures are used during the set-up and calibration of the multibeam systems and monitoring of the geophysical data. 
 
The technical support staff shall liaise with the science party to ensure that the best quality data obtainable is recorded.  The science party is responsible for all geophysical data processing and interpretation.  Data processors are NOT included in the technical support staff.  The technical staff will assist, when possible, with other science operations including coring.  However, the science party is responsible for in situ testing, storage, and transport of all samples to the onshore curation facility. 
 
The technical support staff can consist of a Chief Science Officer, IT / Navigation Technicians, Data Acquisition Technicians, and Source, Towing & Handling Technicians.
 
Their responsibilities are as follows:
 
Chief Science Officer
The Chief Science Officer (CSO) is the senior technician onboard and is the liaison between the cruise participants, the LDEO / OMO staff, the Captain, the LDEO / OMO office and the port agent.  He / she coordinates the support effort among the various parties onboard.  The Chief Science Officer is the first contact for issues related to on-board operations, cruise plans, etc.  The CSO is responsible for deployment, recovery and trim of all towed seismic equipment. 
 
IT / Navigation Technician
The IT / Navigation Technician (IT /NAV) is in charge of navigation system parameters and operations.  The navigation technicians are responsible for ensuring that correct procedures are used during the set-up and calibration of the navigation system, logging of all data and sensor information, correct installation, maintenance and operation of the SBES, MBES and motion sensors.
 
Data Acquisition Technician
The Data Acquisition Technician (ACQ) assists in deployment, recovery and trim of all geophysical survey equipment, the seismic recording system parameters and operations as well as sound source controller operation. 
 
Source, Towing & Handling Technician or Mechanic
The Sound Source, Towing and Handling Technician (ST&H) is in charge of deploying, retrieving and maintaining the sound source as well as other seismic towed equipment.