Scientific Support

Ship Support for Scientific Projects

The information provided on this page is an overview of the support that is available on the Miller Freeman.

The Miller Freeman is staffed with 31 operating crew, including 6 commissioned officers and personnel within the Engineering, Deck, Steward, Survey, Yeoman, and Electronics Departments. The primary responsibilities of the operating crew are directed toward day-to-day operations of the ship, including routine data collection and system management tasks related to the ship's configuration as a platform supporting scientific research.

Individual project tasks generally vary from cruise to cruise, and as such are the primary responsibility of the embarked scientific complement, under the direction of the Chief Scientist, and in consultation with the Commanding Officer. The ship can accommodate a scientific party of up to 11 members, scaled to the level required for adequately fulfilling project tasks associated with the scientific mission.

The ship's operating crew routinely provides basic support services for all shipboard scientific missions, and can provide some forms of additional assistance to the scientific complement for particular project activities on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

Basic services provided by the ship's operating crew to all projects include:

Deck Department (9 personnel):

Engineering Department (6 personnel):

Survey Department (2 technicians):

Electronics Department (1 technician):

Steward Department (6 personnel):

Yeoman Department (1 Yeoman):

Bridge Watch (2 watchstanders per watch):

Additional assistance and support of scientific projects desired of the ship's operating crew must be specified in advance within the mission project instructions, and/or in discussion with the ship's Operations Officer. Additional support needs which may arise during the course of a scientific project in the field are considered on a case-by-case basis. Every effort will be made to fully support the needs of embarked scientific projects, though it should be noted that the ship's operating crew has primary responsibilities for routine shipboard operations, serving in their individual capacities under negotiated labor contracts and under the direction of the ship's Commanding Officer.

Scientific Instrument Installation

The ship's laboratory spaces and exterior decks can accommodate a wide variety of scientific instrument and equipment installations. In most cases, setups of scientific systems are accomplished by scientific party personnel. Ship personnel may be available to assist with simple installations; these requests need to be coordinated through the Operations Officer. Certain installations may require additional support from the ship's electronics and engineering personnel, and in these cases the requirements should be fully described in the project instructions. Examples of system installations which may require additional assistance include deck-penetrating cabling or sampling tubes, special power or mechanical hookups from ship's systems, or interfacing with the SCS system.

Details to be considered should include:

Installations requiring modification to the ship and its equipment must be pre-approved by the Commanding Officer. Funding for installation and removal of science equipment is to be provided by the individual projects. Costs should cover such items as cable installation, foundations, mounting brackets, special power and interface requirements. Complex installations may require the use of an outside contractor and long lead times for preparing specifications and issuing contracts or purchase orders.

Ancillary Projects

Ship's personnel participate in ancilliary projects on a continuing, not-to-interfere basis during most projects.

Ancillary projects normally conducted aboard the Miller Freeman include:

Standard statements regarding ship's participation in ancillary projects are included in the Project Instructions for each cruise.

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Updated: August 28, 2008