Odyssey Marine Exploration, a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck and offshore mineral exploration, has begun 2013 operations on the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck site.
On May 22, the Odyssey team aboard Swire Seabed's Seabed Worker left port in Bergen, Norway.
The team reached the Gairsoppa site and commenced operations on May 29, after several days awaiting the passage of an intense weather system.
In 2012, Odyssey recovered 1,218 silver ingots weighing approximately 1.4 million ounces from the Gairsoppa site. The company believes an additional 1,599 insured silver ingots and what could be a substantial amount of uninsured silver remains at the Gairsoppa site.
"The team and equipment used last year aboard the Seabed Worker helped us successfully recover a record-breaking 48 tons of silver,” said Mark Gordon, Odyssey's president and COO. “This year we've added some very specific tools to our kit to maximize the efficiency of the expedition.”