The Maersk Line has joined a major expedition to explore the deepest points of the world’s five oceans.
Known as the Virgin Oceanic ‘Five Dives’ Expedition, the line is the shipping and scientific research partner.
The expedition is headed by Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, and the American explorer and sailor Chris Welsh.
The five dives will be carried out by Sir Richard and Mr Welsh who will each man a new-built deep dive submarine. The first and deepest dive will take the adventurer 36,000ft down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench after which the ‘pilot’ will be able to ‘fly’ six miles across the Trench floor.
The dives will run over a period of two years, after which the submarine will be donated to a US museum. The five dives are:
Dive 1: Mariana Trench, in the Pacific Ocean;
Dive 2: Diamantina Trench, Indian Ocean;
Dive 3: Puerto Rico Trench, Atlantic Ocean;
Dive 4: Molloy Deep, Arctic Ocean;
Dive 5: South Sandwich Trench, Southern Ocean.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - June 2011 Issue
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