Does ORRV work on museum-sponsored projects?
Yes, ORRV will work with museums and other non-profit institutions that are involved in the discovery and study of sunken shipwrecks. In addition to technology, project planning and management, we also assist in developing project funding through donations and corporate sponsorships.
Does ORRV work on commercial projects?
Yes, our company will work on commercial projects. However, our involvement is conditional on the project meeting strict professional standards. ORRV will only participate in projects that involve accredited, professional archaeologists and preservation specialists. Furthermore, any commercial project must involve appropriate government offices and institutions of the host nation. Our involvement is subject to the approval of our Board of Directors.
Does ORRV provide project funding?
ORRV does not directly provide funding for projects. We work with organizations in overall project planning and development. Through detailed planning and preparation we help organizations meet due diligence requirements to secure funding from independent sources.
Will ORRV perform the excavation of a shipwreck?
Our company specializes in technology utilization and remote sensing methodologies. We employ this expertise to conduct the initial search for the shipwreck and as a means of non-invasive archaeological investigation of the wreck site. ORRV assists with archaeological excavations in a supporting role only. It is our policy that any “invasive” activities on an archaeological site be performed andor supervised by qualified archaeologists.
What about government contracts?
Part of the services we provide to our business partners is to assist in foreign representation and contract negotiations. In large measure, the project development efforts undertaken by our company are to ensure that the project will meet contractual requirements typically set forth by the host government.
What about publicity for a shipwreck discovery?
RS Operation’s Communications Department helps organize and conduct ongoing publicity campaigns. Our experienced personnel can develop quality material for dissemination while also facilitating access to major media outlets and wire services.
Can a shipwreck project be used as a laboratory?
Yes. This is something we encourage. Shipwreck search and recovery projects offer a unique opportunity for equipment manufacturers and software developers to test and improve their products. Scientists involved in various oceanographic related research projects will also benefit. Supporting these research and development activities provides immediate benefits for the project and long-term benefits for science and commercial enterprises.
What about engineering issues?
Each project is unique and often involves problems that need to be overcome through the use of a customized solution. ORRV engineering department specializes in engineering project management. Our experienced personnel coordinate engineering efforts to ensure that specialized development is accomplished to exact specifications, delivered on time and under budget.