ROV Sets Records for Depth and Speed
- A photogrammetric model of a Byzantine wreck discovered in 95m of water illustrating the Surveyor ROV passing over it gathering 3D data. Constructed from photographs taken by cameras on the ROV. (Model Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz). ©Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project
- The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Surveyor Interceptor. It flies at 4-6 knots, 3-4 times as fast as conventional ROVS. It carries multibeam and sidescan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, HD cameras, powerful lights and a laser scanner. It was Black Sea MAP’s principal survey tool in 2016 and operated at depths down to 1,800m (over a mile down). ©MMT
- MMTs chartered vessel Stril Explorer was used in this project. ©MMT
- A shipwreck from the Ottoman period discovered in 300m of water. Many of its timbers are carved. This image is a photogrammetric model created from photographs taken by cameras on the ROV, rendered with light sources (model Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz). ©Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project
During MMT’s participation in the MAP project, the Surveyor Interceptor ROV (SROV) was used for geophysical surveys to detect former land surfaces buried below the current seabed and set new records for both depth of 1,800 meters and sustained speed over 6 knots and covered a distance of 1,000 km.