Newsletter - October 2012

Newsletter - October 2012

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This is the date set for the sinking of the first two Ocean Revival ships, the Oliveira e Carmo Corvette and the Zambeze Patrol Ship.

The two Portuguese Navy ships have been cleaned, decontaminated and prepared for sinking, in a way that all safety conditions for the environment and for divers can be guaranteed. Next year, two other military vessels will join the corvette and the patrol ship: a frigate (measuring 102 metres) and a hydrographical ship (measuring 64 metres).

Artur Cardoso, Jorge Manuel Martins and Christopher S. Pinto Martinez are the winners of the draw for three spots on the first dive after the official opening of the Vessel Oliveira e Carmo. Not only they will debut the Ocean Revival, but will also receive a special certificate for the event. This will certainly be a memorable day for these divers. In case the first divers can´t make it, we have three substitutes for this adventure: Steve Koch, Ricardo Antonio Martins Constantine and John Tavares.

After reviewing the weather forecast for next week, due to the entry of a new front next Wednesday, we conclude that it will not be possible to sink ships in the 1st and 3rd November as planned.

Nonetheless, having a fair weather window opportunity next Tuesday 30 October, when sea and wind conditions will allow the operation, with the ships already prepared for their new mission, we decided to conduct the sinking of the two that same day.

Oliveira e Carmo Corvette
07:00 - 08:30 Trailer Corvette and Carmo Oliveira to the Park
08:30 - 09:30 Positioning and anchoring the vessel in position
09:30 - 11:00 Preparation for sinking
11:00 - 11:15 Oliveira e Carmo deliberated immersion
11:15 - 12:00 Waiting Period
12:00 - 12:30 Diving inspection of the ship
12:30 - 13:00 First dive officer on the ship reserved for patrons

12:30 - 13:30 Trailer Park Patrol for the Zambezi
13:30 - 14:00 Positioning and anchoring the vessel in position
14:00 - 15:00 Preparation for sinking
15:00 - 15:15 Zambezi deliberated immersion
15:15 - 16:00 Waiting Period
16:00 - 16:30 Diving inspection of the ship
16:30 - 17:00 First dive officer on the ship reserved for patrons

Between 08:30 and 17:00 a half a mile security perimeter will be set within which the entry of unauthorized crafts will not be allowed.

From Wednesday October 31th, if the operation went according plan, the vessels will be open to the public and it will be possible to dive. However, over a period of two to three weeks vessel penetration will be prohibited. In due time, the Port Authority of Portimão will announce the full opening of the ship to dive including any type of penetration diving for certified divers.

You can watch the sinking from land. The best place is on the beaches of Alvor or Dois Irmãos. The distance from the beach to the ship is approximately a mile and a half straight. To better monitor the event we recommend using binoculars.

Another way to attend the event will be by booking a place in one of the trips promoted by local tour operators. In this case, being in a boat, you can watch the sinking half a mile of the vessels.

Finally, there is a third option which is through our website where we will have a video signal in real time to watch the event.

Wherever you will be, do not miss this unique moment in the diving history.
Ocean Revival Project

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