Seatronics’ remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the Predator, has successfully verified the identity of lost treasure liner, the S.S. Connaught, off the Northeast coast of the USA. The Predator was deployed in a subsea mission organised and led by Endurance Exploration Group, Inc..
eatronics’ Predator ROV was deployed by Endurance Group to verify the identity of the mid-19th century steamship, which carried a large cargo of gold coins, 100 miles from the shore. The S.S. Connaught, a 380-foot luxury liner carrying 592 people and 10,000 lbs of gold coins, suffered a fierce fire during a storm offshore Boston in 1860. The passengers and crew were rescued by a small fruit transport vessel, which sailed to intercept the burning, sinking ship. The S.S. Connaught became synonymous with courageous and successful maritime rescue efforts, as each passenger and crew member was safely returned to India Wharf, Boston, the next day.
In the summer of 2013, Endurance Group, an exploration company specialising in using modern day subsea technology to salvage documented, valuable cargoes from merchant ships, assembled an expedition team to locate and rescue the valuable gold cargo, and to piece together the vessel’s final moments.
The efforts to find the S.S. Connaught began with a 700-square mile sonar search, and concluded with the deployment of Seatronics’ Predator ROV, which completed a mission in the deepwater verification project. ThePredator ROV performed well at depth; overcame obstacles, including undersea currents; and was able to clearly identify the ship’s iron hull, paddlewheels and artefacts within the debris field.
The Predator is a 300 m rated inspection class ROV, developed to serve demanding markets for rugged and reliable underwater viewing systems. The ROV uses the latest, high reliability technology for maximum operating efficiency in marine operations. With a network control system utilising a comprehensive diagnostics system, the functional design assures continuous performance in all operations. All vehicle functions are monitored by high capability diagnostic electronics, generally found in more costly work-class ROVs, which identify problematic fault sectors without loss of control to the ROV.
Euan A Mackay, vice president, sales, Seatronics, said, “This particular mission for Predator was very complicated, given the depth and strong ocean currents in and around the project area. The Predator`s thruster control system was configured to maximise the maneuverability in such challenging conditions. This, coupled with the frame and platform design and dependable performance, made it the perfect choice for an inspection vehicle in this class and size.”
Endurance Group teamed with Eclipse Group Inc. (EGI), which provides turnkey subsea technical solutions to both commercial and government customers worldwide. Great Eastern Group was employed by Eclipse Group to provide the Predator ROV for the search, identification and inspection of the target shipwreck. The decision to utilise the Predator was based on its size, power and confidence in both Great Eastern Group and Seatronics to deliver a reliable product. Great Eastern Group serves as Predator ROV’s distributor for Seatronics in the US.
About Seatronics Ltd
Seatronics Ltd, an Acteon company, specialises in subsea marine electronic equipment rental for a range of applications; navigation and positioning; environmental and geophysical surveying; inspection and construction work; ROV survey sensors; diver-led non-destructive testing and video inspection. Its skilled engineers provide a comprehensive service that encompasses equipment installation, set-up and calibration, cable moulding and data acquisition. For more information, please visit www.seatronics-group.com.
Acteon companies provide mooring, foundation, riser, conductor, flowline and marine electronics products and services supported by strong engineering and project management capabilities. Acteon’s companies are 2H Offshore, Aquatic, Claxton, Conductor Installation Services (CIS), Core Grouting Services, Fluke Subsea, InterAct, InterMoor, J2 Subsea, LDD, LM Handling, MENCK, Mirage Machines, NCS Survey, Offshore Installation Services (OIS), Probe Oil Tools, Pulse Structural Monitoring, Seatronics, Subsea Riser Products (SRP) and TEAM Energy Resources. For more information, visit www.acteon.com
About Subsea Services
Subsea services are defined as the provision of specialist equipment, services and personnel that can operate from any fit-for-purpose vessel or platform. Acteon’s subsea services offering is unique and addresses operational requirements that support oil and gas asset owners, construction and drilling companies, and vessel owners.
About Endurance Exploration Group, Inc.:
Endurance Exploration Group, Inc. specialises in historic shipwreck research, subsea search, survey and recovery of lost ships containing valuable cargoes. Over the past six years, Endurance has developed a research database of more than 1,400 ships that are known to be lost with valuable cargoes in the oceans globally, and in 2013 began subsea search and survey operations. For more information, visit www.enduranceexplorationgroup.com
About Eclipse Group
Eclipse Group provides a comprehensive range of subsea services. Its core operational experience, combined with state-of-the-art assets and geographic reach, provides its clients with the resources and expertise they need to successfully execute their worldwide projects in search and recovery, energy and government/military operations. For more information, visit www.eclipse.us.com
About Great Eastern Group
Great Eastern Group (GEG) is a marine engineering company providing management and assets worldwide for subsea projects. Industries include commercial and government submarine telecommunications, environmental surveys, port security, search and recovery, underwater construction and subsea inspections. GEG is the distributor for sales and rental of the Seatronics ROV in the US. For more information, visit www.greateasterngroup.com
SOURCE: Seatronics Ltd