Pre Cruise Meeting
Before departure a pre-cruise meeting will be held aboard ship. The Captain, Marine Superintendent, or his representative and appropriate members of the ship's crew should be present. The Chief Scientist and other members of the scientific staff deemed appropriate should attend. The cruise plan, scientific work schedule or any other pertinent information about the planned cruise should be discussed at this time. This allows all of the members of the crew and shore side staff to be informed of the planned activities. Before leaving the dock the captain will give a brief introduction to the ship and her crew to the entire scientific party.
Chief Scientist's Responsibilities
The Chief Scientist is the official liaison between the ship's crew and the scientific staff. All changes in cruise plan must be directed to the ship's Captain through the Chief Scientist. Appropriate, general information for the scientific staff will be transferred through the Chief Scientist. During 24 hr operations, a scientific watch officer should be appointed to act in the absence of the Chief Scientist. During dangerous over-the-side operations an experienced and capable scientific deck officer should be appointed to oversee the deployment and recovery of gear. The Chief Scientist shall be responsible for the rest of the scientific crew on deck and will interact directly with the ship's chief deck officer. Standard hand signals should be used at all times when communicating with the equipment operator of ship's officer at the stern station. The Chief Scientist shall also be responsible for assigning bunks to the scientific staff. The general conduct of the scientific staff is the responsibility of the Chief Scientist. Research Vessel Cruise Assessments should be completed and returned to LUMCON Vessel Operations by the Chief Scientist. The Chief Scientist is responsible for the following:
- UNOLS Ship Time Request
- Approved Dive Plan
- Approved Radioisotope Plan
- Pre-Cruise Plan
- Cruise Plan
- Medical Information Form (Appendix E)
- Research Vessel Cruise Assessment
(1- 5) Are to be completed and sent to LUMCON prior to planned cruise dates.
(6) Can be sent ahead or brought to the vessel with the scientific party. There should be a Medical Information Form for each individual on the ship.
(7) Is to be completed after the cruise and sent to LUMCON Vessel Operations.