Diving Team to Search for Unexploded Ordnance off Kuwait

Diving Team to Search for Unexploded Ordnance off Kuwait

Divers_divers search for unexploded ordnanceFinding unexploded bombs underwater and safely disposing of them might seem nerve-wracking to many, but it’s all in a day’s work for certain commercial divers.

A team of surface-supplied divers from Sterling Global Operations will soon be searching out and removing any unexploded ordnance from a shipwreck site off the coast off Kuwait near Bubiyan Island, according to MarineLink.com. Unexploded ordnance includes any type of explosive weapons, such as bombs and sea mines, which did not explode when they were first employed and still pose a risk of detonation.

This project will also involve the removal and salvage of the Amuriyah, an 82,000-ton Iraqi oil tanker that sunk back in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, the article explained. The whole project, from the initial survey to the raising and floating of the wreckage, should be completed in 12 to 18 months.

What Is Surface-Supplied Diving?

Surface-supplied diving means the divers breathe underwater using a diver’s umbilical connected to a support vessel on the surface. This differs from traditional scuba diving where divers carry their equipment with them without a link to the surface.

Why Is This Project Important?

The removal of any potential mines in and around the Amuriyah wreckage is needed because they are located inside the site of a future mooring point for oil export shipments. The new mooring point will be added to Iraq’s Al Basrah Oil Terminal, where a whopping 97% of the country’s crude oil is shipped. The sunken oil tanker is currently blocking construction of this new mooring point.

Consider a Career in Commercial Diving

Ever considered a career in commercial diving? Commercial divers do a wide variety of undersea work including marine salvage and ship repair as well as welding, laying foundation and inspecting pipes for oil companies. The Divers Institute of Technology can help you prepare for a globally marketable career in commercial diving or underwater welding in just seven months! For more information about commercial diving programs call us at 800-634-8377 or contact us online.

(Photo via Sterling Global Operations)

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