DEXTER, MI – October 14, 2008
Michigan-based ROV operator SeaView Systems and Rhode Island-based SeaVision Marine Services today completed a six-week mission assisting a team from NOAA, which included two weeks spent investigating shipwreck sites in the Gulf of Mexico.
The NOAA archaeologists and biologists, aboard the research vessel Nancy Foster, were investigating eight shipwreck sites in the Gulf of Mexico. The primary goal was to assess the archeological and biological potential of each shipwreck site.
Using a SeaEye Falcon DR (ROV), the technicians from SeaView examined shipwrecks in the deep, dark waters of the Gulf, far beyond the realm of scuba diving. The Falcon was equipped with high-resolution still and video cameras and powerful lights to provide a continuous, live color view and the ability to record each site in detail.
One of the highlights of the mission was the discovery of a shipwreck that appeared to have sunk about 200 years ago. It contained the scientists’ first glimpse of Lophilia pertusa, a deepwater coral of most interest on this expedition.
According to Matthew Cook, President of SeaView Systems, “Our SeaEye Falcon DR ROV was the star of the show, performing exceptionally well despite unexpected underwater snares and interruptions by two hurricanes.”
NOAA is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. See http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/08lophelia/welcome.html
SeaView Systems Inc is a leading provider of underwater inspection services for scientific, commercial and government applications. SeaVision Marine specializes in collecting, processing, and interpreting underwater information from a variety of remote sensing, sampling, and video investigation techniques.
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Matthew Cook, President