EYOS Expeditions launches mission to reach the deepest points in five oceans
by Miranda Blazeby
Expedition charter specialist EYOS Expeditions has launched a hugely ambitious expedition to reach the deepest points of the world’s five oceans.
The Five Deep Expedition follows three years of preparation and research and, if successful, will see a manned submersible vessel reach the five deepest points in the oceans. The expedition is a collaboration between investor and explorer Victor Vescovo, EYOS Expeditions and Triton Submarines.
Vescovo will pilot the sub, while EYOS, lead by Rob McCallum, will be responsible for the overall coordination of the expedition, from preparation and planning to day-to-day leadership.
The company previously provided polar logistics and operational support on board 56 metre research vessel Alucia on her three month deployment to Antarctica for the BBC series Blue Planet II. The scientific mission will be led by Dr Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University.
A two-person deep sea research submersible called Limiting Factor has been designed by Triton specifically for the expedition. It will be transported and deployed by the recently refitted ship Pressure Drop.
It comes as the team of oceanographers, scientists and explorers recently completed successful sea trials of both Pressure Drop and Limiting Factor in the Bahamas.
The expedition will attempt to dive to the bottom of the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean at 7,725 metres down, the Malloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean at 5,669 metres, the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean at 8,428 metres down and the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean at 8,648 metres down. Finally, the expedition will dive to the deepest of them all, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean at 10,898 metres down.
Speaking about the project, Vescovo said, “In 2015, I was very surprised to discover that no-one had ever been to the bottom of four of the world’s oceans. I thought it would be a great goal to push the absolute limits of marine technology. We sincerely hope to make history both technically and scientifically on this expedition.” “This project allows us to finally explore the last frontier on Earth,” McCullum added.
Dr Jamieson said the expedition would be of the utmost importance to scientific discovery. “The discoveries made on this expedition promise a world of new scientific innovation in almost every area of biological, geological and oceanographic study.”