Ocean Infinity searches for lost South Korean ship
US-based subsea exploration firm Ocean Infinity says its vessel Seabed Constructor has set sail from Cape Town to begin its search for the lost ore carrier Stellar Daisy in the South Atlantic.
The South Korean very large ore carrier Stellar Daisy sank in March 2017 with the loss of 22 of its 24 crew. The ship, which was transporting iron ore from Brazil to China when it sank, is believed to have gone down in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 1800 nautical miles due west of Cape Town.
Nearly two years later, the location of the vessel and cause of its sinking remain a mystery.
Ocean Infinity was awarded the search contract by the Government of South Korea in December.
The company says its team is expected to arrive in the search area and commence operations by mid-February. Once on site, crews on board the Seabed Constructer deploy 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,” the company said in a statement. ■