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IMO continues supporting the Nairobi Convention

IMO will continue promoting ratification of the international treaty covering wreck removal, at the 10th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response Conference in London, this week (11-12 September). The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention has been in force since 2015 and currently has 47 contracting States, representing 73% of world gross tonnage.

Watch: 170-year old ship wreck almost intact underwater

Experts in Canada have published haunting images of HMS Terror, one of the world’s most famous ‘lost ships’, 170 years after the ship perished in the Arctic along with its 129 crewmen. Led by explorer Sir John Franklin in 1848, the HMS Terror was on its way to find the Northwest Passage.

Titanic wreck is becoming vulnerable

EYOS Expeditions staff have led an expedition to the Titanic, deploying a submersible to conduct several dives on the wreck over a 10-day period. The wreck has become vulnerable from sweeping eddies and subjected to ever-changing sea currents. The wreck is being slowly consumed by the strong, deep currents that flow through the Atlantic here, along with natural salt corrosion and metal eating bacteria.

Watch: Researchers find intact 500-year-old shipwreck

Using advanced underwater robotics, an international team of scientists has revealed the remains of an intact shipwreck from the Early Modern Period (late 15th – early 16th century) in the Baltic Sea. The project comes as a result of the ongoing partnership between MMT and the University of Southampton.

Partners launch project to protect oceans from oil spill

Partners launched a remediation program in protection of island ecosystems from damage caused by oil pollution from World War II wrecks sunk in the Pacific Ocean in Newcastle Harbour. The ones participating in the project are Major Projects Foundation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of Newcastle. 

Hungarian salvage crews to raise the wrecked boat in Danube

As Reuters reports, Hungarian salvage crews prepared to raise the wreck of the boat that capsized on the Danube river, Budapest, and resulted to the loss of 26 South Korean tourists and two local crew. All the bodies, except eight, have been recovered.

Researchers find wreck of last slave ship off Alabama

Researchers discovered the last ship known to smuggle slaves from Africa to the US in Alabama’s Mobile River, nearly 160 years after it was deliberately sunk, the Alabama Historical Commission announced Wednesday. 

Raysut II wreck removal off Oman successfully completed

Resolve Marine Group announced that it completed the wreck removal of the bulk cement carrier MV Raysut II, which grounded off the pristine beaches of Al-Fazayah Beach, Salalah. Raysut II, left the Port of Salalah in May 2018 when the port was evacuated because adverse weather conditions. The vessel lost headway and steerage and grounded on Fazayah Beach on 26th May 2018.

US announces the launch of a Virtual Archaeology Museum

The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it launched a Virtual Archaeology Museum. The museum shows video, detailed 3D models and mosaic maps of shipwrecks mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries. These shipwrecks were discovered via underwater research and oil and gas exploration.

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