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Odyssey Marine Exploration's Mark Gordon: How technology keeps us on cutting edge



MarkGordonOdysseyAtoiyadeans Odyssey Marine Exploration president Mark Gordon offered a glimpse at how cutting edge technology gives his deep water treasure-hunting firm a competitive advantage at last week's coolTECH show at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. (Gordon photo by Atoyia Deans, St. Petersburg Times.)

First of all, Gordon differentiated Odyssey Marine from other named underwater treasure hunters like Mel Fisher who concentrate on shallow water shipwrecks.

Odyssey goes deep because that's where the greater numbers of untapped shipwrecks lie, and that's where Odyssey has more expertise and less competition.

Odyssey'Remotely Operated Vehicle(ROV) ZEUS Certainly a mainstay of Odyssey's tech advantage is ZEUS, its 8-ton remotely operated vehicle (in photo, courtesy of Odyssey Marine) that lets the company scour the ocean bottom many thousands of feet below.

Gordon also told his audience that recently acquired technology now lets Odyssey "look" several meters beneath the ocean floor. The firm already is finding shipwrecks buried beneath the ocean floor in places the company has already looked and, previously, saw nothing.

Meantime, Odyssey continues its legal defense against Spain over who has claim to findings of the shipwreck Black Swan. And the company will open its Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure exhibit in Charlotte, N.C., on July. 4

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:25am]


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