On 18 February 2019, Ocean Infinity, charterer of Swire Seabed’s vessel, Seabed Constructor, confirmed to have located the missing South Korean tanker, Stellar Daisy, which sank on 31 March 2017 while transporting iron ore from Brazil to China. The wreckage was found at a depth of 3461 meters, approximately 1800 nautical miles due west of Cape Town.
During the search effort, four Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) were deployed from Seabed Constructor, the host vessel used for Ocean Infinity’s survey spread. Once the AUV search was completed and our offline processors and geologists had identified the target, Swire Seabed’s six-man ROV team launched our Schilling HD Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to confirm that the target was indeed the wreck of Stellar Daisy. Thereafter the team performed the operation to recover the voyage data recorder from the bridge and have also subsequently been performing general visual inspections of the wreck site.
Swire Seabed extends their condolences to the families of the 22 lives claimed by this tragedy and hopes that locating the Stellar Daisy will aid in providing comfort and closure to the families. Furthermore, we would like to thank our project and marine crew on-board the Seabed Constructor for their efforts during this mission.
For more details on the search, please visit Ocean Infinity's website.