RV Odyssey Explorer

The R/V Odyssey Explorer was a salvage and recovery vessel owned by Odyssey Marine Exploration. It was sold in 2016 and renamed Empire Persia by the Latvian business conglomerate which purchased the vessel. [3]

R/V Odyssey Explorer (front) and the RFA Argus, Falmouth, England
United Kingdom
Name: Farnella, later Northern Prince
Owner: Farnella Ltd., later Northern Prince Ltd.[1]
Builder: Clelands Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.[1]
Launched: 1972
Renamed: April 1, 1994
Homeport: Driffield, East Yorkshire, England
Notes: Use: Stern Trawler, Deep-sea freight transport
Name: Odyssey Explorer
Owner: Odyssey Retriever Inc.[1] (Odyssey Marine Exploration)
Operator: Marr Vessel Management Ltd.[1]
Acquired: August 7, 2003[2]
Homeport: Nassau, Bahamas
Identification: Callsign: 3EGK2
Status: in active service
Notes: Use: Rescue/Salvage Ship
Name: Empire Persia
Owner: Risdon Beazley Marine Ltd
Port of registry: Panama
Acquired: 2016
Identification: Call sign: 3EGK2
Status: In service
Notes: Use: Offshore supply ship
General characteristics
  • 70.2 m (230 ft) LWL
  • 76 m (249 ft) LOA
Beam: 12.65 m (41.5 ft)
Draft: 8.11 m (26.6 ft)
Speed: max 9.3 kn (17.2 km/h; 10.7 mph)


On October 16, 2007, Spain seized the vessel, Odyssey Explorer owned by Odyssey Marine Exploration as it sailed out of port from the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The Odyssey Explorer captain, Sterling Vorus, claimed to have been in International Waters, but was forced to dock at Algeciras under what Vorus declared was "threat of deadly force." Once in port, Vorus was eventually arrested for disobedience after refusing inspection of the vessel without first receiving approval of Odyssey Explorer's flag state, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Vorus was released the following day. Aboard the Odyssey Explorer at the time of seizure, were about a dozen journalists and photographers, all of which had their video tapes, tape recorders, and computer memory storage devices seized by Spanish officials.[4]

Falklands Conflict

In 1982, Odyssey Explorer was operating out of Kingston upon Hull under the name Farnella as a stern trawler.[5] Upon the outbreak of the Falklands Conflict, Farnella, along with four sister ships, was taken up from trade by the Royal Navy and commissioned as a stop-gap minesweeper for operations in the South Atlantic. HMS Farnella was returned to her owners in October 1982.

See also


  1. "Odyssey Explorer". DNV Exchange Vessel Info. Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  2. "Odyssey Explorer". MarineTraffic.com. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  3. http://thepipeline.info/blog/2016/06/07/exclusive-odyssey-explorer-reported-sold/
  4. "U.S. ship held in $500M booty row". CNN. October 18, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  5. http://www.hulltrawler.net/Stern/FARNELLA%20H135.htm

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