UTD Wreck Exploration Project
May 7th - 14th, 2017
Musandam, Oman and East Coast UAE - Overview

Pre Project Updates:    | AnnouncementThe Area | The Project | Preparations | The Team | Timeline | Price | Team Equipment | Personal Equipment

Announcement

The Area

Musandam Peninsula

The Musandam Governorate (Arabic: محافظة مسندم‎‎ Muḥāfaẓat Musandam) is a governorate of Oman. It is located on the Musandam peninsula, which juts into the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow entry into the Persian Gulf, from the Arabian Peninsula. The Governorate is an exclave of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. Its location gives Oman partial control, shared with Iran, of the strategic strait. In the northern section of Musandam, around Kumzar, the language is Kumzari, which is a southwestern Iranian language closely related to Larestani and Luri. The Musandam Peninsula has an area of 1,800 square kilometers (695 sq mi) and a population of 31,425 people.

The Musandam Peninsula is dubbed the ‘Norway of Arabia’ for its beautiful khors (rocky inlets), small villages and dramatic, mountain-hugging roads. Accessible but still isolated in character, this beautiful peninsula with its cultural eccentricities is well worth a visit if you’re on an extended tour of Oman, or if you’re after a taste of wilderness from Dubai.

UAE East Coast

Another area we will be diving and exploring is the East of UAE from Dibba to Fujairah. 

This is another target rich area with over 2000 reported wrecks. Many of them undove and undiscovered. The UTD research team will be surveying this area using our magnometer and side scan sonar to locate targets for the dive team to explore and survey.  

A perfect example of a newly discovered wreck is the WWII U-533 submarine which was sunk by an RAF Blenheim Bomber. Rarely dived, this one is pristine. The  water temperatures ranging from a temperate 22°C in February with an are temperature around 27°C to 34°C

The Project 

In May of 2017 an international team of UTD Wreck Explorers will participate in the first of many expedition of the Musandam Peninsula and the East Coast of UAE (Dibba Area). Our mission will be to:

  1. Explore and survey known and new wreck sites, laying line (permanent and exploration) in them,  surveying and building diving maps
  2. Setting up logistics to support Wreck training (Dive centers, hotels, New wreck training sites).
  3. Setting up and ensuring safety items for training on and in the wrecks.
  4. Helping setting up and coordinate a local association to explore future wrecks, map and survey the wrecks and ultimately maintain the access ensuring safety in the wrecks
  5. Supporting our local UTD instructors in that region 
  6. Documenting wrecks through video and pictures for long term project
  7. Educating UTD Explorers on wreck survey and mapping

Preparations

  • Currently an International research team will work from October onwards to bring together a list of possible new wreck sites (Pre-Qualification) 
    • Research work will be published on a closed group site.
  • Between October and February, a local team will perform preliminary ocean checking of potential sites using state of the art equipment including 3D sonar, magnetometer and an ROV.
    • All data will be captured in the database.
  • In November, the local team will work with the Nautical Archeological Society to establish mapping and recording protocols to record any new finds to international archeological reporting standards.
  • February 25 through March 05, 2017 the International UTD Wreck explorers will:
    • Participate in a Wreck Survey and Mapping Seminar (February 25-26, 2017)
    • Dive, survey, map and collect data from known and new wreck sites from 18/60'm to 90m/300' depth
  • Post UTD Wreck Exploration Project, we will set up a facility for additional teams to cycle through the area to continue research and mapping. 

The Team

Andrew Georgitsis (Director of the Project)
Daryl Owen (Coordinator)
Marine Owen (Coordinator)

The Timeline

May 7 - Arrive Dubai, UAE - Transfer to Dive Resort
May 8 - Wreck Survey Seminar - 8 - 10 hour seminar
May 9 - Dive Oman Area (Wrecks between 70'/21m - 200'/60m)
May 10 - Dive Oman Area (Wrecks between 70'/21m - 150'/45m)
May 11 - Dive Oman Area (Wrecks between 70'/21m - 220'/66m)
May 12 - Dive UAE Area (Wrecks between 60'/18m - 180'/54m)
May 13 - Dive UAE Area (Wrecks between 100'/30m - 240'/72m)
May 14 - Transfer Back to Dubai, UAE

The Price

$1,799 per person - Book Here

This includes:

  • Wreck Survey Seminar presented by UTD CEO: Andrew Georgitsis
  • Twin bed rooms with two people sharing
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 3 dive days in Omani waters, including daily Omani dive taxes
  • 2 dive days in UAE waters
  • Air and Nitrox fills
  • Doubles, Side Mount and Rebreather Supported
  • Transport from Dubai DXB airport and back, as well as all transport during the week. 

 

Does not include but is available: Softnolime ($150 for Keg), Helium ($0.05 per liter), DPV ($100 for the week), other wreck exploration gear such as dive lights and so on.

 

UTD Team Equipment

Sonar

Permanent Lines

Exploration Line

Surveyor Tape

Specialty Equipment Needed

Here is some of the "Specialty" equipment that the team will need to conduct the exploration, survey and installation of safety items into the caves. 

 

Survey Style Compass

Surface Marker Bouy (SMB) with 100'/30m Spool

Wet notes 

 

 

 

 

 

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