Throughout time, the mystery and excitement of exploring the deep ocean for valuable treasures has captured imaginations and inspired dreams of adventure and discovery.
At Odyssey Marine Exploration, deep-ocean exploration is what we do every day. We've turned dreams into reality and adventure into a science that takes us deep below the ocean surface into a realm where few others dare venture.
Odyssey is a world leader in deep-ocean exploration, searching the globe's vast oceans for valuable resources. We discover historic shipwrecks once thought lost forever and modern wrecks that sunk with significant amounts of valuable metal commodities. We also explore for deep-ocean minerals such as seafloor massive sulphides, pollymetallic nodules and phosphorites.
As we continue our voyage of discovery, our missions may result in finding life-saving medicines, fertilizers that help feed the world and life-sustaining freshwater to nourish arid climates as well as give us a glimpse into forgotten moments in history.
We are driven by a passion for exploration.
No one knows the deep ocean better than our world-class team of researchers, scientists and technicians. We've surveyed and mapped more ocean seabed than many governments and spent tens of thousands of hours on shipwreck and mineral deposit sites using advanced robotic technology, while more importantly, applying the highest scientific standards.
Odyssey’s Shipwreck Projects
Odyssey is a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration. Our expert marine operations team has discovered hundreds of shipwrecks ranging from third-century BC Punic sites to U-boats and casualties from both World Wars.
In 2003, we discovered the Civil War-era shipwreck of the SS Republic and recovered over 51,000 coins and nearly 14,000 artifacts from the 1,700 foot (518 meters) deep site. In May 2007, we announced the recovery of over 500,000 silver and gold coins, weighing 17 tons, from a Colonial-era deep-ocean site code-named "Black Swan." In 2008, Odyssey discovered what is considered one of the most significant shipwrecks in British history - HMS Victory, Admiral Sir John Balchin's flagship, which was lost in 1744. And our expeditions continue to unveil new sites with fascinating stories and cargoes. In 2011, Odyssey located the shipwreck of the SS Gairsoppa, which sank in 1941 carrying a reported cargo of up to seven million ounces of silver. The company also discovered the SS Mantola, which reportedly carried 600,000 ounces of silver. In 2012, Odyssey announced the recovery of 48 tons of silver bars from the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck. Then in 2013, Odyssey recovered more than 61 tons (1.8 million ounces) of silver from the shipwreck - this is the largest and heaviest recovery of precious metal from a shipwreck in history. To date, Odyssey has recovered over 110 tons or 2,792 silver ingots (more than 99% of the insured silver documented to be on board) from the SS Gairsoppa. In 2014, Odyssey Marine Exploration was awarded the exclusive contract to conduct an archaeological excavation and recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck by the receiver for Recovery Limited Partnership (RLP). Over 15,500 silver and gold coins as well as 45 gold bars and hundreds of gold nuggets, dust and jewelry was recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck. To learn more about Odyssey’s shipwreck projects please visit www.shipwreck.net.
Odyssey’s Mineral Exploration Projects
Odyssey Marine Exploration is a world leader in deep-ocean survey and resource assessment for the exploration and development of seabed mineral deposits. We hold a majority ownership stake in Oceanica Resources, and minority ownership stakes in Neptune Minerals and Chatham Rock Phosphate, Ltd, all companies controlling exclusive mineral licenses for areas believed to contain high-value ocean floor mineral deposits. Odyssey also provides contracting services, including proprietary deep-ocean expertise and equipment, to governments and companies around the world. Currently, there are three economically significant seabed minerals being explored by Odyssey: seafloor massive sulphides, phosporites, and pollymetallic nodules. To learn more about Odyssey’s mineral exploration services, please visit www.odysseysminerals.com.