Odyssey Marine’s “Irish project” – redux

Having told the Irish Times previously that they had “been working off the Irish coast, but outside territorial waters”, US company Odyssey Marine Exploration have announced a second silver cargo shipwreck discovery – the SS Mantola with an estimated 600,000 ounces of silver on board, worth approximately £12million at current market values.  Attacked 143 miles west-south-west off Fastnet by German U-boat U-81 on 8 February 1917, the Clydebuilt database account has the Mantola sinking in rough seas on 9 February after an attempt by HMS Laburnum …

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Odyssey Marine’s “Irish project”

The Irish Times’ marine correspondent, Lorna Siggins, notes an interesting addendum to the US company Odyssey Marine Exploration’s confirmation of the site of the SS Gairsoppa – and, potentially, 200 tonnes of silver.  From the Irish Times report THE US marine exploration company which has located a British wartime shipwreck with £150 million worth of silver in the Atlantic has also been surveying southwest Irish waters where there are a number of “commodity” wrecks. The Naval Service has confirmed that …

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“there has never been any formal agreement between Ireland and the United Kingdom on the delimitation of a territorial water boundary…”

The Northern Ireland Marine Task Force have, in their own words, been “actively campaigning for effective marine legislation for Northern Ireland through the UK Marine Act and Northern Ireland Marine Bill since 2004.” The UK Marine Act arrived here in 2009, via a legislative consent motion in the NI Assembly, with a NI Marine Bill promised in 2012. Last week NIMTF welcomed the renewed support of MLAs from Alliance, SDLP, DUP and Sinn Féin.  And yesterday some 200 schoolchildren arrived at Stormont …

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