The Government of South Korea has selected Ocean Infinity to assist in its search for the debris of a very large ore carrier (VLOC) named Stellar Daisy.
The vessel sank in the South Atlantic Ocean nearly 3,700km off the coast of Uruguay with 24 people on-board in March 2017.
Only two sailors were rescued from the ship with no trace of the remaining 22 crew members and wreckage of the ship.
At the time of its disappearance, Stellar Daisy was transporting 260,000t of iron ore from Brazil to China.
Ocean Infinity is expected to start its search operations for Stellar Daisy this month.
The company will deploy its current fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) simultaneously to locate the lost vessel.
After finding the wreck, Ocean Infinity intends to conduct a survey using the new 3D imaging technology.
Ocean Infinity CEO Oliver Plunkett said: “For the sake of all involved, we sincerely hope that we can find Stellar Daisy and be able to collect as much evidence about her loss as we can.
“As always with deep-sea search, there can be no guarantee of success as neither the precise location nor the specific circumstances of her loss are known.”
Ocean Infinity’s AUVs are designed to operate in water depths of 5m to 6,000m.
The AUVs are also capable of conducting operations without being tethered to the vessel during operations. This feature enables the AUVs to go deeper and gather higher quality data for a search operation.
The AUVs comprise a side-scan sonar, a multi-beam echo-sounder, a sub-bottom profiler, a HD camera, a conductivity / temperature / depth sensor, and other solutions.