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Re: Strange submersible object on the reef [Re: Marty] #502165
03/13/15 05:10 AM
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Underwater Submersible Runs Aground on Reef Off Ambergris Caye

The office of Hol Chan Marine Reserve reports the discovery of a deep water submersible that has run aground on the reef about 5 miles north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. It was discovered on Wednesday, March 12, 2015, and remains on location as officials battle the rough seas to continue their investigations and removal of the large apparatus. San Pedro Police and the Belize Coast Guard investigated the discovery of the deep water submersible on Wednesday, shortly after 3p.m. almost in front of Mata Chica Resort. Hol Chan Marine Reserve confirms that the apparatus is a deep water submersible used for research, exploration and deep water works. It measures almost 12 feet long by 6.6 feet wide and 7 feet high.

The origin of the apparatus is not known by island officials, but they indicate that it is obvious that it has been drifting out at sea for a long time since a lot of barnacles have settled on almost all its surfaces. “It was not used here in Belize,” commented Hol Chan Marine Reserve Personnel. “It just drifted here and ended on the reef. It has not been removed from the reef yet. We were out there this morning and the sea was too rough to attempt taking it out. A preliminary assessment has been conducted on the reef but this was also hampered by rough seas.”


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Re: Strange submersible object on the reef [Re: Marty] #502176
03/13/15 07:15 AM
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Despite the shape that it's in, it could be very valuable. They easily cost over $500,000 new.


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Re: Strange submersible object on the reef [Re: Marty] #502183
03/13/15 11:13 AM
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Whom ever claims it will weigh it's value to the cost of the fine for damage to the reef. My bet is no one will ever step up to claim it.
If it belongs to BP and GOB can prove it they have some deep pockets and already accustomed to being sued for screwing up the environment
. http://www.bp.com/en/global/corpora...nt-and-response/containing-the-leak.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/deepwater-robot-sub/

Re: Strange submersible object on the reef [Re: elbert] #502184
03/13/15 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by elbert
Whom ever claims it will weigh it's value to the cost of the fine for damage to the reef. My bet is no one will ever step up to claim it.
If it belongs to BP and GOB can prove it they have some deep pockets and already accustomed to being sued for screwing up the environment
. http://www.bp.com/en/global/corpora...nt-and-response/containing-the-leak.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/deepwater-robot-sub/

AH, some more money for the GOB to squander grin


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Re: Strange submersible object on the reef [Re: elbert] #502185
03/13/15 12:20 PM
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I would think that there are identifying plates that should make it easy to track down the company that it belongs to.


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Re: Strange submersible object on the reef [Re: Marty] #502193
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Re: Strange submersible object on the reef [Re: Marty] #502279
03/16/15 06:26 AM
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I understand the GOB just opened an Ebay account...

Re: Strange submersible object on the reef [Re: Marty] #502294
03/17/15 04:28 AM
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DEEP WATER SUBMERSIBLE GROUNDS ON REEF OFF AMBERGRIS CAYE

OCEANA BELIZE AND HOL CHAN MARINE RESERVE PERSONNEL CONDUCT SITE ASSESSMENT

Based on requests from residents of Ambergris Caye and the media for more information about the grounding of a deep water submersible on the Belize Barrier Reef, on Friday, March 13th 2015, Oceana Belize and personnel from the Hol Chan Marine Reserve conducted a site assessment of the incident.

The team reports the following:

1. The deep water submersible was first discovered shortly after 3pm on Wednesday, March 11th approximately six miles north of San Pedro town in area known as Mexico Rocks.
2. The grounding is within the recently expanded Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
3. The swath of damage from the reef to where the submersible finally grounded is clearly visible.
4. The vessel came to a stop in approximately three feet of water.
5. The deep water submersible (Quantum 9, heavy work class ROV) measures almost 12ft in length by 6.6ft in width and includes four propellers topside, another two in the front and two more in the rear. The device also includes several underwater cameras.
6. The ROV includes an extended “arm”.
7. The submersible has already caused substantial damage to the coral species (including fire coral Millepora alcicornis) at the site.
8. Efforts to date to remove the submersible have proven unsuccessful because of high wave action.
9. Based on information found on the vessel (serial numbers etc.), the vessel has been identified by the manufacturer as an ROV reported as “lost” in Trinidad and Tobago in November 2014. According to reliable sources, the manufacturer contracted the ROV to a company called Impersub International, which does research and exploration for gas and oil companies.
10. Please find information on the device here:
http://www.deeptechoilservices.com/pdf/Quantum_9.pdf

Oceana Belize supports the recommendation that the submersible be removed as soon as possible to avoid any further degradation to the site. This assessment is independent from any other investigation being carried out by any of the relevant government agencies. Links to video footage collected during the site assessment as well as still photos can be accessed here.

According to Oceana Belize’s Communications Director Alyssa Carnegie, “The damage already caused by the ROV and the complexity of its removal from the Belize Barrier Reef, as well as the recent sailboat stranding off Caye Caulker, highlights the lack of the necessary resources to respond properly and timely to incidents at sea. How we handle these incidents communicates, nationally and globally, the level of respect we hold for our marine wealth.”

Deep Water Submersible Damages Belize Reef

Oceana Belize and Hol Chan Marine Reserve in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize attempt to remove grounded deep water submersible that washed into the Great Barrier Reef of Belize near San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The submersible that drifted from Trinidad and Tobago and has now damaged a section of live coral reef.


Re: Strange submersible object on the reef [Re: Marty] #502510
03/21/15 06:54 AM
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ImpreSub can breath a little easier in that it's not in a marine reserve like reported. The prime minister has never signed to make it officially a reserve. A little fact disguised by the smoke of the recent election and all the politicos standing up and taking credit for making it a reserve. Mexico Rocks is still not a marine reserve.

Re: Strange submersible object on the reef [Re: Marty] #502511
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