Chief Scientist's Manual

A person appointed to be chief scientist must be an experienced seagoing scientist. The chief scientist is responsible for the accomplishment of the planned work of a cruise or segment of a cruise, and has other responsibilities listed in the Chief Scientist Manual.

Since the ships are either owned by the University of California or are operated by the University under charter-party agreements with the Navy, the University has legal responsibility. The chief scientist, regardless of actual employer, is therefore the representative of the operator — the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California — in the eyes of the law.

The chief scientist is appointed by the associate director; this appointment cannot be redelegated without permission. Co-chief scientists are sometimes named if there is a compelling operational reason for this. In such cases, it is imperative that the division of responsibility be specified in advance. A letter is sent to the proposed chief scientist(s) prior to the cruise, making the appointment and designating the dates, source of funding, and the length of the cruise.

  • Introduction
  • Section I: PRE-CRUISE REQUIREMENTS
    • Chief Scientist
    • Scheduling
    • Cruise Plan, Cruise Prospectus
    • Size and Composition of Scientific Party
    • Medical Requirements
    • Radioactive and Other Isotopes
    • Explosives
    • Scuba Diving
    • Loading and Stowage
    • Shipboard Technical Support (STS)
    • Resident Marine Technicians
    • Shipboard Computer Group
    • Welding, Bolting and Wire
  • Section II: SHIPBOARD PROCEDURES
    • Authority of the Master and the Chief Scientist
    • Moving Aboard
    • Orientation Session(s)
    • Fire and Boat Drills
    • Housekeeping
    • Plastics and Other Trash
    • Mess Hall Protocol
    • Alcohol and Drugs
    • Smoking
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Shipboard Safety and Accident Reports
    • Schedule Changes
    • Communications
    • Daily and Weekly Reports
  • Section III: EXPEDITIONS AND FOREIGN CLEARANCES
    • Cruise Name
    • Foreign Waters
    • Visas and Vaccinations
    • Customs Rules
    • Pre-Cruise Meeting
    • Sea Time and Port Time
    • Logistics/Loading/Unloading/Storage/Shipping
    • Berthing and Meals in Port
    • Ship's Agent
    • Ancillary Programs
    • Unloading After an Expedition
  • Section IV: POST-CRUISE REQUIREMENTS
    • Reports
    • Custody of Samples and Underway Data