Metal detection and more AUV surveys

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Saturday: we spun up the ROV and its metal detector. It can detect small pieces of copper and bronze, along with lead and ferrous metals. We’ve studied our stereocamera maps, coordinated video from all previous seasons, referred to our diving logs, and come up with a priority list for metal detection survey today on the Antikythera Shiwpreck. We will cycle our team through the operations today, and the first watch is ready to go now. This ought to be an interesting day….

Antikythera team on Glaros
Theotokis Theodoulou, Oscar Pizarro, Christian Lees, and Stefan Williams consider the ROV, deployed from the aft platform of M/Y GLAROS.

Monday: the weather continues to be ideal, for now. The AUV is in the water performing two more close-up surveys of the artifacts fields. We have great data sets, and they’re telling us a lot about the wrecks.
This is probably our last ops day – the forecast for the rest of the week is more usual Antikythera weather: Beaufort force 7 = “winds 28-33 knots, near gale, sea heaps up, waves 13-19 ft, white foam streaks off breakers”

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Return to Antikythera – 2015

2015 diving season has started!

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Tuesday: on our way to Antikythera. Flat calm transit, rounded Maleas, put in to Kapsali for rendezvous and vehicle testing/calibration.

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Wednesday: at Antikythera! We assembled the robotic vehicle last night, are dunking for ballast and trim now, will run a test mission early this evening. All from yacht GLAROS, with support boat POSEIDON running nav.

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It feels like all of Greece is cheering for this project – last night a well-wisher in the vessel adjacent sent us a nice gift and kind note. It was from Mr. Metaxa himself!