Fourth Element / 3deep have just launched a new wreck project dedicated to the wrecks of Scapa Flow. They are working with the Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme, the Orkney Dive Boat Operators Association and Orkney Marine Archaeological Forum to produce a web based guide to the wrecks, focussing on the 3D wreck tours.
Fourth Element would like your help and are looking for photos of the wrecks. These will be used to help build accurate 3D models and also to feature on a new website.
If you have got any photos of any of the seven High Seas Fleet wrecks that you think are particularly interesting, or show some of the features of the wreck, or just are beautiful depictions of the wreck that you would be willing to contribute to the project, please submit them to Fourth Element, via their website stating which wreck it is and describing the features in the photo. Please also include your mailing address.
There are two top prizes for those who make the best contributions to the project including a week's diving for two. One of these weeks is on the Radiant Queen and the other will be on one of the other vessels supporting the project depending on the date. A prize draw will also be held for all contributors, with prizes including Fourth Element's new One Piece Arctic undersuit and lightweight dive luggage.
This project is generously supported by Radiant Queen Charters, Valkyrie, Karin, Halton, Invincible,Sunrise, Jean Elaine and Sharon Rose. For more information click on 'Submitting Info' and 'Terms & Conditions' tabs on the relevant Fourth Element website page.
Mike deGruy, the internationally respected and unanimously liked cinematographer of underwater nature films died today in a helicopter crash in Australia just before 4 p.m. local time. He had just turned 60 years old at the end of December, and leaves behind his wife and two children.
He was in Australia working on his next project. The crash, which also killed a pilot from Melbourne, occurred near the town of Nowra on the New South Wales coast. It happened during take-off, and the cause is under investigation.
Credits included Expedition Pacific Abyss, Abyss Live, Deep Blue, The Life of Mammals, Nature, The Private Life of Plants and Sharks on their Best Behavior.
You can read more about Mike deGruy’s extraordinary life here.
One of the Health and Safety Executives Principal Diving Inspector's Peter Sieniewicz (Southern Region) announced he is resigning from the HSE's Diving Inspectorate. "After 14 years with the HSE I'm looking for new challenges. I will be taking up the role of a Diving Technical Advisor at the International Marine Contractors Association and will be joining the company in April". In his new role he will still be involved in furthering safety in the diving industry.
IMCA (www.imca-int.com) in an international association representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. They work through and on behalf of its members world-wide promoting offshore safety, addressing technical matters and on a variety of other issues.