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Stellar Daisy

On 31st March 2017, Stellar Daisy tragically sank in the South Atlantic. Ocean Infinity successfully conducted a search for the lost vessel by simultaneously deploying its fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles.

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The brief

Stellar Daisy sank on 31 March 2017, with the tragic loss of 22 of its 24 crew. The ship, which was transporting iron ore from Brazil to China, is believed to have gone down in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 1800 nautical miles due west of Cape Town.

The Ocean Infinity team commenced its search operations mid-February 2019. They used its proven approach of deploying a fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) simultaneously to search for Stellar Daisy. Upon locating the ship a survey of the wreck will be carried out, before an attempt to recover the voyage data recorder is made.

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The search operation involved the deployment of four Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), which, over 72 search hours, explored approximately 1,300 km2 of seabed. Representatives of both The Government of South Korea, who awarded Ocean Infinity the contract to conduct the search, and the families of Stellar Daisy’s crew, were present throughout the operation.

Our team of experts who operated our state-of-the-art technology ensured that the search was completed quickly and safely, and the high-quality data provided answers for those affected by the tragedy.

“We are pleased to report that we have located Stellar Daisy, in particular for our client, the South Korean Government, but also for the families of those who lost loved ones in this tragedy. This operation is further testament to Ocean Infinity’s leading, technology led, search capability. Through the deployment of multiple state of the art AUVs, we are covering the seabed with unprecedented speed and accuracy. I would like to thank the Government of South Korea for their support, as well as all of the team onboard Seabed Constructor.”

Oliver Plunkett, CEO

The results

We successfully discovered the wreck of the lost South Korean tanker, Stellar Daisy, and completed all tasks originally required including retrieving the voyage data recorder.

Upon locating Stellar Daisy, a thorough inspection of the site was carried out which included Ocean Infinity’s team conducting over 4500 minutes of detailed video investigation of the wreckage. During the inspection, human remains were recorded, approximately 1km away from the wreck. Representatives of both The Government of South Korea, who awarded Ocean Infinity the contract to conduct the search, and the families of Stellar Daisy’s crew, were present throughout the operation.

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The operations team ensure that we can operate around the globe, effectively delivering high-quality results to our clients. We ensure that company can map the sea floor at an unprecedented scale and speed. The operations team are fast, forward thinkers who work precisely and attentively.

 

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