Odyssey’s suite of specialized tools includes vessels integrated with exploration, search, sampling, excavation and recovery technology.
The Odyssey Explorer, a 251-foot ship with DP capabilities, serves as Odyssey's principal state-of-the-art deep-ocean archaeological platform. She carries fuel and stores for missions of 60 days, accommodates 42 crew and has extensive onboard storage space for workshops, an archaeology laboratory, multiple cranes and a large A-frame for exceptional handling capability.
Odyssey Marine Exploration developed the first commercial purpose-converted research vessel to conduct deep-ocean mineral exploration. With this platform and specialized equipment, the Odyssey team has the capability to perform precision geophysical and geochemical surveys, detailed mapping, sampling, environmental assessments, drilling, and resource evaluations. The platform features survey, geological, exploration, technical and scientific labs as well as refrigerated sample and core storage.
Odyssey charters other vessels as needed to conduct operations on its projects.
Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)
Advanced robotics are key to Odyssey's work and the centerpiece of our robotic system is the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which serves as our archaeologists' geologists' and project managers' eyes and hands in the deep ocean. Odyssey owns two work-class ROVs, nicknamed ZEUS and ZEUS II. The 200 HP and 400 HP vehicles respectively, are each approximately the size of a small truck; they stand about 10 feet high and weigh eight tons. Driven by eight powerful hydraulic thrusters, they are rated to operate up to depths of 2,500 meters (8,200 ft). Both ROVs have been custom-designed for deep-ocean exploration, archaeological and geological survey and recovery operations, including visual inspection, pre-disturbance photographic and video documentation, scientific excavation and artifact recovery. As ZEUS and ZEUS II are nearly identical, and can be used interchangeably, all references to ZEUS below also apply to ZEUS II unless otherwise noted.
ZEUS is equipped with advanced acoustic positioning gear and telemetry, as well as a suite of HMI lights to illuminate pitch-black deep-ocean sites and to enable high-definition still and video cameras to transmit images live from the seabed. ZEUS is remotely piloted by two technicians manipulating joysticks from the vessel on the surface above the wreck site. One pilot "flies" ZEUS while the other operates the manipulator arms. These pilots receive instructions from the archaeologist or geologist who oversees the entire operation and directs the excavation or sampling methodology, including ZEUS’ movements on the seabed. Both archaeologist or geologist and pilot watch the same live high-definition video feed on TV monitors aboard the recovery ship.
Odyssey has developed an extensive digital archive using its unique data logging system to record all events and activities. Known as DataLog™, it receives and processes data from the ROV in real time. The system is manned around the clock, 24 hours a day when the ROV is in the water. The program automatically logs all events, including time, date, dive number and X, Y, Z coordinates of the ROV's position and of each artifact recovered. Every second of every dive is recorded on video and digital still photographs. Both video and stills information is tied to the DataLog archive. These logs allow complete reconstructions and post-dive analysis of each dive event. Data sheets, maps and reports essential for a variety of projects can then be created from this comprehensive digital archive.
Odyssey also owns a 6000 meter inspection class ROV nicknamed CLIO and leases additional advanced robotics when required to reach extreme depths or when working on several projects during the same timeframe.
Odyssey utilizes side-scan sonar, magnetometer, multibeam sonar, FADE (Ferrous Anomaly Detection Equipment) TSS (Pulse induction sensors), sub-bottom imaging (SBI), and TowYo technology to map and explore the seabed for lost shipwrecks and naturally occurring mineral deposits.
Environmental assessments, mineral sampling, coring and drilling, and resource evaluations for mineral deposits are conducted utilizing advanced robotics and coring and drilling equipment. Archaeological excavations of historic shipwrecks and recovery operations on modern commodity shipwrecks also utilize remotely operated vehicles and specialized equipment.