Endurance Exploration Group
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Endurance Exploration Group LLC extracts economic return of recovering historic and modern day shipwreck cargos.We began by developing a research methodology with three goals. The first goal was to establish a comprehensive understanding of the larger economic, technological and social trends that lead to the transport of physical wealth across oceans during different historical periods, along with creating a “High Interest” list of shipwrecks and their cargos lost across various historical periods. Conflict, accidents and acts of nature claimed a percentage of all voyages, and many of the shipwrecked vessels are believed to have carried a valuable cargo. Our second objective was to identify, from this prior population of potential shipwreck losses, those shipwrecks that could be legally salvaged and recovered, and the cargos sold, with a positive return on the capital investment required for their location and recovery. Our third goal was to move those projects which had the potential to generate positive investment returns into an operational phase with a high, risk-adjusted, chance of success; and, to develop a portfolio of projects in various stages of research, search, survey and recovery.
To that end, we began by evaluating historical shipwreck databases holding in excess of 125,000 entries as well as undertaking contextual and keyword library and archival searches. It is important to note that even these massive repositories of data reflect just a small percentage of the 3,000,000+ shipwrecks the United Nations estimates lay on the ocean floor.
From these databases and other searches, we have developed an initial “High Interest” list of approximately 400 shipwrecks. Using criteria including (but not limited to) depth, potential search area, legal concerns, difficulty of excavation and potential value, we further culled the “High Interest” list to approximately two-dozen targets, the “Target List”. In order for a shipwreck to qualify for our “Target List”, and to potentially move forward as an “Operational Target” (“OT”) -one that we may consider for the search and survey operation phase- the shipwreck must possess the following criteria:
In 2011, we began purchasing key equipment for operations. Our equipment purchases have included a 100-foot survey vessel, tethered side-scan sonar units, and light work-class and inspection Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), “Shackleton 1” and “Squirt”. Projects code-named “Sailfish” and “Black Marlin” have now reached operational or pre-operational status. For project “Sailfish” we have now surveyed over 700 square miles in the Western Atlantic Ocean in search of a sunken passenger liner carrying a substantial cargo of gold coinage. In addition to this manifest cargo, we also expect to find additional valuables among the personal stores of the ship’s passengers. For project “Black Marlin” we have secured a three-year contract with a sovereign island nation in the Indian Ocean for the survey and recovery of a Colonial-era merchant vessel carrying silver. This contract also allows for other potentially valuable “targets of opportunity” within the territorial waters of this nation.
We believe this survey and recovery capability combined with our proprietary research will allow us to conduct approximately two deep-water surveys per yearly weather window, should we have sufficient capital to undertake such operational surveys.
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