WHOI Supports NTSB Search for El Faro Data Recorder

April 19, 2016

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will assist the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as it undertakes its second search for the vessel data recorder (VDR) of the sunken El Faro cargo ship.   The U.S. flagged El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin on October 1, 2015. All 33 of the El Faro’s crew perished… Continue Reading »


Italian Navy Minesweeper Inspects Destroyer Wreck

April 13, 2016

Italian Navy’s minesweeper Gaeta has conducted an underwater research on the wreck of the Oriani-class Destroyer Vincenzo Gioberti. The ship sank in August 1943, during the WWII, west of Punta Mesco (La Spezia). It was sunk by a British submarine, the HMS Simoom, which blasted the ship with two torpedoes, breaking it into two pieces…. Continue Reading »


RAN Inspects Sunken Japanese Midget Submarine

April 13, 2016

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has revisited the final resting place of a Japanese midget submarine M24 as part of a program to preserve the Second World War wreck. Involved in the attack on Sydney Harbour which resulted in the sinking of accommdation ferry, HMAS Kuttabul, the location of the submarine was a mystery for… Continue Reading »


Ramboll to Monitor Counter Filling Ops for Submarine Wreck

April 9, 2016

Ramboll has been commissioned to support the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) in the environmental monitoring of the installation of a supporting counter-fill for the sunken German WWII submarine U-864. The rediscovery of German WWII submarine U-864 off the Norwegian west coast in 2003 prompted concerns that the vessel’s cargo of mercury could severely pollute surrounding… Continue Reading »


NOAA, U.S. Navy Discover USS Conestoga Wreck

March 26, 2016

NOAA and the U.S. Navy have announced the discovery of the USS Conestoga (AT 54) in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off San Francisco, 95 years after the Navy seagoing fleet tugboat disappeared with 56 officers and sailors aboard. “After nearly a century of ambiguity and a profound sense of loss, the Conestoga’s disappearance… Continue Reading »


HMAS Mermaid Surveys Minesweeper Wreck Off OZ

March 21, 2016

Royal Australian Navy’s survey motor launch HMAS Mermaid made a small detour while conducting hydrographic survey work in Far North Queensland to carry out a condition assessment of the wreck of HMAS Warrnambool. The Bathurst-class minesweeper was clearing a mine-field in the Great Barrier Reef when on 13 September 1947 she struck a live mine… Continue Reading »


Vasco da Gama Shipwreck Found Off Oman

March 19, 2016

Oman’s Ministry of Heritage & Culture (MHC) in cooperation with Blue Water Recoveries (BWR) of UK announced the discovery and archaeological excavation of a Portuguese East Indiaman that was part of Vasco da Gama’s 1502-1503 Armada to India. The ship, which sank in a storm in May 1503 off the coast of Al Hallaniyah island… Continue Reading »


NTSB to Launch El Faro VDR Underwater Search

February 15, 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it would launch a second expedition to search for evidence in its investigation of the loss of the cargo ship El Faro, which sank in the Atlantic during a hurricane on October 01, 2015. A key objective of the upcoming mission, which is expected to begin in April… Continue Reading »


SPR, Vattenfall Discover WWI German Submarine at East Anglia OWF

January 23, 2016

Whilst undertaking detailed seabed scanning for the development of wind farm projects in the East Anglia Zone, ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) and Vattenfall uncovered an ‘uncharted’ wreck of a WWI German submarine, missing in action since 1915. Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables’ project director for the East Anglia ONE wind farm said:“The scanning team were expecting to… Continue Reading »


Van Oord Gets Submarine Wreck Counter Filling Job Off Norway

January 20, 2016

The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has awarded a contract to Van Oord Norway AS for counter filling in the wreck area for the submarine U-864, outside the island of Fedje on the west coast of Norway. The German submarine U-864 was sunk by the British submarine Venturer in 1945 while it was heading to Japan… Continue Reading »

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