iXblue Equips Manned Submersible for New 'Titanic' Survey Expedition

OceanGate, a provider of manned submersible services, and iXblue, a global company that provides innovative solutions for navigation, positioning and underwater imaging, are combining forces to conduct the first manned submersible expedition to the wreck of the RMS 'Titanic' since 2005. iXblue’s Phins 6000 inertial navigation system and Posidonia USBL positioning system will both be used for the accurate and reliable navigation and positioning of OceanGate’s 'Titan', the newest addition to the company’s fleet of deep -sea manned submersibles and the first privately owned manned submersible capable of reaching 'Titanic' depths. “Our submersible pilots have relied on Phins from iXblue... (read more)
2018-05-01 09:41:20

Erie Canal Boat Discovered in Oswego River

The wreckage of what is believed to be an original Erie Canal boat has been discovered in the Oswego River south of Fulton, New York, USA. Jim Kennard and Roger Pawlowski located the canal boat while searching the Oswego Canal with very high resolution side-scan sonar equipment built by DeepVision, Sweden.   The canal boat has sunk deep into the bottom of the Oswego River with less than a foot of its upper structure visible. The sonar imagery has provided excellent details of the size, shape, and the deck structure of the vessel. Early canal boats prior to the 1850's... (read more)
2010-12-30 09:35:07

Sidescan Sonar Finds 170-year-old Wreck

One of the two ships of the Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin has been found and imaged using technology including Klein sidescan sonar. The Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, said in a statement that Franklin's ships are an important part of Canadian history given that his expedition, which took place nearly 170 years ago, laid the foundations of Canada's Arctic sovereignty. Queen Elizabeth wrote that she was “greatly interested to learn of the discovery of one of the long-lost ships of Captain Sir John Franklin. Prince Philip joins me in sending congratulations and good wishes to all those... (read more)
2014-09-22 02:30:18

Cluster of Shipwrecks With Cargo Discovery

Oceanic Research and Recovery and Deep Marine Salvage have agreed upon their first intended "cluster" of five commodity-based salvage targets. These targets have been selected from ORRV's vast portfolio of shipwrecks lost in northern hemisphere waters. The combined manifested value of these cargos is a minimum of USD2 billion at current commodity prices, and consists of platinum, gold, silver, copper and zinc. Cluster Targeting, a new approach to salvage planning developed by DMS, leverages the close proximity of valuable shipwrecks to maximising the amount of time the primary salvage ship can remain on site during each recovery cycle, minimising the... (read more)
2011-05-20 10:25:00

Ancient Roman Amphorae Found in Cyprus

The Cyprus Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works has announced the completion of the 2019 underwater archaeological mission at the Akrotiri-Dreamer’s Bay ancient port, in the Limassol District (Cyprus). Around 800 Roman amphorae dating to the end of the 6th or the 7th century AD have been found scattered over an area of approximately 130,000 sqm. This discovery has also confirmed the shipwreck of a substantial vessel for that period, the international edition of Tornos News reports. The survey was carried out by staff from the University of Southampton, Centre for Maritime Archaeology, as part of the... (read more)
2019-12-03 10:55:25

New Expedition to Find the Wreck of Polish Submarine

A group of Polish specialists intend to explore the bottom of the North Sea in another search for the submarine 'ORP Orzeł' which was lost, and possibly mistakenly sunk by a British plane, in 1940. The two-week expedition will once again be supported by high-class equipment, including sonar and echosounders. Most of the equipment will be provided by the Marine Institute from the Polish coastal city of Gdańsk. It will be installed on a Danish keelboat. Tomasz Stachura, one of the participants of the project, called 'Santi' after the name of a sponsor company, informed the Polish Press Agency that the exploration... (read more)
2018-08-07 09:46:24

Students Assess and Remediate Simulated Shipwrecks

Underwater robots will invade Orlando, USA, when the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center hosts its 11th Annual International Student ROV Competition at Orlando’s YMCA Aquatic and Family Center from 21 to 23 June 2012. Student teams from all over the world will gather to compete with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) that they have designed and built themselves. The competition will be streamed live on the internet. Each year, MATE’s ROV competition encourages students to learn and apply science, technology, engineering, and math skills to complete tasks that simulate real-world problems from the ocean workplace. This year, the contest focuses... (read more)
2012-06-04 10:17:32

3D Mapping Technology to Locate Sunken Vessels

A team of shipwreck hunters have turned to advanced 3D mapping technology to locate sunken vessels along the South Australian coastline without getting their feet wet. A group of shipwreck hunters are aiming to uncover these long-forgotten hulks by using GIS technology from partners Esri Australia to create digital 3D reconstructions of the ocean floor. More than 800 shipwrecks lie entombed along the state’s coast – particularly beneath the treacherous seas off Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu and Yorke Peninsulas –  victims of raging gales, careless captains and, in some cases, foul play. ShipShapeSearchers archaeologist Alex Moss said the 3D... (read more)
2013-08-06 10:53:11

Cutting Cost Of Hunting Shipwrecks

Nearly 100 years after the three-masted schooner Hattie Wells sank in Lake Michigan, USA, during heavy weather, it has been filmed by a ROV. A key element of the mission undertaken by a team of marine archaeologists has been to prove the value of using an ROV to document shipwrecks in America's Great Lakes, says Dr Mark Gleason, chief marine scientist and director of education at Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum (GLNMM). By turning to specialist ROV operator, Seaview Systems, they were able to cut the cost usually associated with launching an ROV from a large support vessel by... (read more)
2010-12-07 11:41:23

Janneke Bos

Janneke Bos, BSc, is Rijkswaterstaat’s asset manager of the North Sea. She worked at the Netherlands Hydrographic Office for seven years before she joining Rijkswaterstaat 11 years ago. She is the competent authority for shipwrecks in saltwater (North Sea and Zealand). (read more)
2019-10-03 02:51:18
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