There are eight steps to organizing a deep-sea oceanographic cruise.
The first step of the process, in order to obtain a ship of the French Oceanographic Fleet or access one of the ships of an OFEG member country which has an agreement with IFREMER, involves replying to a national call for proposals via the Cruise management system, SGC (https://sgc.flotteoceanographique.fr/).
2 years before the cruise.
The second step involves the examination of cruise proposals by the assessors of each scientific discipline during a meeting of the National Committee of the Deep-Sea Fleet (CNFH).
Subsequent to this assessment by the committees, the potential projects are ranked according to their scientific interest (for example, “scheduled first”, “not scheduled”, “unsuitable”, etc.).
2 years before the cruise
During the third step the French Oceanographic Fleet establishes the schedule of its ships and heavy equipment. It releases, with the approval of the executive committee, the programme on December of the year preceding the cruises (year N-1). This programme takes into consideration the CNFH’s rankings and other parameters, such as:
1 year before the cruise.
In accordance with the protocol in force, when the mission leader is informed that their cruise has been scheduled, he must acquaint themselves with various rules and inform all the members of the scientific team who will be embarking.
These rules concern:
12 months before the cruise
The mission leader must submit in writing to the French Oceanographic Fleet one or several requests for authorization to undertake works in foreign waters.
The French Oceanographic Fleet sends the applications to the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) for submission to the competent authorities of the country or countries concerned.
At least 8 months before the start of the cruise.
Forms for working in foreign waters are available: Request to undertake works in the waters of other countries
The sixth step involves preparing the cruise. It is organized as follows:
Mission leader drafts the preparation dossier
At least 3 months before the start of the cruise
It must be filed before leaving the ship by email to: email@example.com.
It includes the following sections:
Before leaving the ship
At the end of the cruise and in the case of works in international exclusive economic zones (EEZ), international rules (see the United Nations guideline (The law of the sea) – Marine Scientific Research, article 249, page 63) require the following:
These submissions are obligatory and important because they are a condition for obtaining authorizations for works in the same EEZs in the future:
Note that the End of Cruise Evaluation Sheet must also be signed by the captain or the OPEXO at the end of the cruise.
The submission of an scientific reporting cof the cruise is necessary to justify the quality of the science operated.
This report must be submitted no later than 4 years after the cruise.
Special case of teaching missions whose report is to be submitted 1 year after the cruise.
In accordance with the cruise report dossier, drafting and submission of the use of cruise results form, via the SGC.
Cruise management system, SGC: https://sgc.flotteoceanographique.fr/
An extranet account is required and could be ask to : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instruction manual : https://sgc.flotteoceanographique.fr/html/help/fiches-valorisation.pdf
For any questions related to inputting into SGC, please contact us at: email@example.com
1-4 years after