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Russians Explore Sunken USN Ship

Weapons and equipment from the American ship “Thomas Donaldson”

  Northern Fleet divers salvage weapons and equipment from the American ship “Thomas Donaldson”, which sank after a German submarine attack outside Murmansk in 1945. Divers from the Northern Fleet’s search and rescue department in 2014 started an operation to bring weapons and equipment from the American vessel to the surface. Last year a Sherman tank was raised. It has been restored and is now displayed at a museum in Safonovo outside Severomorsk, reports. The Liberty-class ship “Thomas Donaldson” was part of an allied convoy and carried more than 600 tons of cargo as part of the Lend-Lease program. In1945 the ship was hit by a German torpedo and sank by Kildin Island outside the Kola Inlet. This summer the divers have found a 90-milimeter anti-aircraft gun, which was part of the vessel’s own armament. The gun is in good condition after having laid at a depth of 60 meters for 70 years. The Nortern Fleet thinks it is important to take care of this equipment from the Second World War, but the operation outside Kildin also gives the divers important training on a live object in open waters, officers say to TV-21. “The object is very difficult, you can imagine – the cargo vessel was flooded, torpedoed, there was an explosion, it broke into three pieces and sank. Before removing any equipment, you have to prepare, calculate

Kursk Rescue Hits Snag

The Russian navy said a plan to raise the Kursk nuclear submarine from the bottom of the Barents Sea hit a snag when deep-sea divers had trouble cutting through the craft's hull. Vice Admiral Mikhail Motsak, coordinating the recovery operation, said on Russian television that an international team of divers had run into problems while making holes in the craft to affix cables and eventually haul the sub up. "Everything looked fine on paper and when testing the equipment on the surface

Aqueos Takes Delivery DSV for Liveboating

Photo: Aqueos Corporation

Aqueos Corporation, a subsea services provider for the offshore oil and gas sectors of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific West Coast, announced the delivery of SPLASH, a Special Purpose Liveboat and Survey Hull to specifically address safety concerns with traditional methods of Liveboating.   SPLASH is a purpose built vessel designed to address and mitigate inherent hazards associated with Liveboating. The vessel features twin jet drive propulsion

NAVSEA Divers Help Raise History

Naval Sea Systems Command divers, along with National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration divers lifted a piece of naval history out of 240 ft of water off the coast of Cape Hatteras . One hundred forty years after it's sinking, the Union ironclad Monitor is still making headlines. The 30-ton steam engine is once again in the spotlight as a $4.9 million recovery project successfully surfaces with the engine intact

NAVSEA Divers Help Raise History

Naval Sea Systems Command divers, along with National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration divers lifted a piece of naval history out of 240 feet of water off the coast of Cape Hatteras Monday. One hundred forty years after it's sinking, the Union ironclad Monitor is still making headlines. The 30-ton steam engine is once again in the spotlight as a $4.9 million recovery project successfully surfaces with the engine intact

Sweden Tries To Persuade U.S. Group To Abandon Estonia Dive

Swedish coastguards reportedly planned to board a U.S. ship they suspect is taking divers to examine the wreck of the ferry Estonia, which sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994 with the loss of 852 lives. Sweden strongly opposes but cannot prevent foreign nationals from diving, as it lies in international waters off Finland. American businessman Greg Bemis has said he plans to send divers to investigate reports that the car and passenger ferry might have been damaged in an explosion before it sank

GAC Starts Hull Cleaning Op'ns in Oman

HullWiper in Oman 400

GAC EnvironHull hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free HullWiper system starting at the port of Sohar, just outside the Gulf of Hormuz. This latest expansion adds Oman to the growing GAC EnvironHull network which already covers Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah in the UAE, as well as Gothenburg in Sweden. The green hull cleaning solution uses adjustable pressure sea water jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives

Arctic Rescue Base Set Up by Rosneft

Russia’s largest oil company is establishing a permanent Arctic base of rescue personnel & divers in Amderma, a village on the Kara Sea coast. The base, which is to support the company’s ongoing exploration activities in the Kara Sea, will include a team of divers and a MI-8 helicopter, the Nenets AO regional administration informs Barents Observer. The divers all come from a special operations team under the Arkhangelsk Regional Rescue Service

Russian Sub Rescue Update: Too Little, Too Late?

Indecision from Russia regarding help from foreign nations in aiding efforts to rescue an estimated 118 sailors trapped in a Nuclear submarine lying on the bottom of the Barents Sea evaporated today, as Norway said that divers due to join a British bid to save 118 Russian sailors trapped in a submarine on the bed of the Barents Sea would arrive on Saturday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said on Thursday the situation around the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk was "next to

Underwater Bonding Seals the Deal

Miami Diver has led the development of a unique universal steel habitat to efficiently carry out underwater repairs on almost any ship. In July 1999, a leading cruise ship operator approached Miami Diver Inc. with a damaged lip type stern seal on one of its vessels. The 73,912-gt ship was reporting sea water ingress from the starboard side shaft seal, and the cruise operator was looking for options to prevent an untimely and expensive unscheduled dry-docking.

HMS Protector Deployed to Antarctic

The sea contains valuable fish stocks and Protector will help to ensure fishing vessels comply with the strict environmental rules

  Ice ship HMS Protector is heading for waters no Royal Navy vessel has visited in 80 years as she begins a marathon deployment to Antarctica. The Plymouth-based icebreaker and survey vessel will ensure the world’s fishermen are not stripping the largely-unspoiled waters of the Ross

Tuco Debuts New Dive and ROV Support Boats

Image: Tuco Marine

Denmark’s Tuco Marine has revealed its new dive support and ROV Support boat designs. The two new vessels complement the designer’s range of ProZero workboats and daughter crafts and are dedicated the dive and ROV markets.   

WWII Catalina Aircraft Wreckage Confirmed

An engine mount from Catalina 24-25. The aircraft was discovered in waters off Cairns in far North Queensland.

The Royal Australian Air Force has confirmed that aircraft wreckage found in waters south of Cairns is that of RAAF Number 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25 that crashed on 28 February 1943, killing all 11 personnel on board.   Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC

Twenty-two Migrants Dead in Aegean Sea Capsizing

Twenty-two migrants drowned and 200 more were rescued when a boat capsized in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos on Tuesday, the Turkish coastguard said. A total of 211 immigrants were rescued from the boat while divers recovered the bodies of 22

Greeks Despair over Drowned Refugees

 * Thirty-four drown, including 15 children  * Coastguard rescues 1,429 migrants in three days  * Figures show Greece is main refugee gateway to Europe   Greek divers trawled the Aegean Sea on Monday for survivors of the country's worst maritime accident involving refugees

Historic WW I Shipwreck Survey Underway

Side scan sonar image of LV-71 (Credit: NOAA)

Partnering U.S. agencies have commenced surveying the historic shipwreck of an American lightship shelled and sunk by a German U-boat during World War I nearly 100 years ago.   Teams from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

USCG Reopens Neches River, Restrictions in Place

Response crews work from a spud barge to conduct salvage and recover operations for the towing vessel Louise on the Neches River near Port Arthur, Aug. 22, 2015.

  The Coast Guard has reopened the Neches River with restrictions to all vessel traffic, Saturday. Vessel traffic is restricted from meeting or overtaking one another 1,000 feet up bound and 1,000 feet down bound near the capsized towing vessel Louise at mile marker 284

'Sea Monster' Figurehead Salvaged from Baltic Sea Wreck

A wooden figurehead of a sea monster with ears like a lion and a crocodile's jaw was carefully lifted from the sea in southern Sweden on Tuesday by divers bringing up treasures from the wreck of a 15th-century Danish warship.   The figurehead came from the wreck of the Gribshunden

Harkand Completes $10.5 mln DSV Upgrade

Swordfish (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand informs it has completed the $10.5 million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico based dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish. Originally built in 2007, the Swordfish is the youngest DSV in this region. The fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) compliant, ABS classed

Unique Gun Salvaged from Barents Sea

Another finding fron bottom of Kola Bay

  Divers Northern Fleet raised from the bottom of the Kola Bay, an American anti-aircraft gun, which lay there for 70 years. Earlier it was reported that the specialists of the search and rescue (UPASR) Northern Fleet (NF) completed the preparatory work in the area of the death of an

Complex Steel and Cofferdam Repairs Carried Out Afloat

Photo courtesy of Hydrex

Hydrex has an in-house Research & Development department that can take care of the engineering aspects of an operation. In this way turnkey solutions can be offered for complex hull and other repairs that require the construction of specific equipment.

Wrecked 'Russian Submarine' Found in Swedish Waters

Image: Ocean X Team

 A wrecked mini-submarine was found last week in waters off of Sweden’s eastern coast.   Authorities believe it is a Russian model, primarily because of Cyrillic letters on the hull. They have not disclosed the exact location of the wreckage, but say it is around 1

US Navy Launches Undersea Drone

USS North Dakota (U.S. Navy Photo)

A U.S. Navy submarine has become the first to launch and recover an underwater drone used in a military operation, reports AP.   The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton, Connecticut, on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment.   

Salvors Remove Debris Left by Environmental Protesters

Photo: GUE Seattle

Dive and salvage teams worked to remove debris used as anchor blocks by environmental activists protesting Shell’s Arctic drilling aboard a barge in Seattle’s Alki Seacrest Park on May 19.   A dive team from Global Diving & Salvage, Inc

MMA Students Awarded Crowley Scholarships

Adam Szloch, Peter Persechino, Robert M. Neal, and Bryan P. Wall (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s 2015-2016 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for four students of Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA). The four recipients, Bryan P. Wall, Robert M. Neal, Peter Persechino and Adam Szloch

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