UXO Discovered On Off-Shore Windfarm Site

Scottish Coast 18 UXO items were found during a survey of the Moray East Offshore Windfarm project including 15 UXO in the North Sea windfarm site itself and another three found in the corridor leading to shore. A Dutch firm involved in laying the cabling for the project will reportedly assist with the UXO either through removal or offshore disposal. The development, due to begin construction in 2021, is expected to power more than 950,00 homes.

Diver Reports UXO Sighting to Coast Guard

Piscataqua, New Hampshire The Coast Guard warned boaters and divers to stay away from an area known as Hart's Cove after a diver reported seeing a UXO item. The Coast Guard has also notified the New Hampshire Division of Ports and Harbors to assist in re-routing maritime traffic to avoid that area until EOD responds to investigate.


Diver Recovers Large Cache of Ordnance from Seabed

Shetland, United Kingdom A cache of ammunition was recovered from the seabed by a diver near Sellaness. The ammunition is suspected to be from a Naval warship and appears to have been in the water for long time due to the deteriorated condition. The exact quantity or types of ammunition was not reported.


EOD Called To Investigate Suspect Underwater Object

Kua Bay, Big Island Hawaii Officials from the Kekaha Kai State Park were called to investigate a suspicious looking object found in the shallow water. The object, shown below was approximately two feet in diameter and weighed 150 pounds.

Due to the history of UXO in the area, the area was closed to surfers and Navy EOD was called to investigate.


International Collaboration Munitions Sea Disposal Clearance

Munda, Solomon Islands New Zealand's Royal Navy is providing two ships to support a partnership between New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. to clear sea disposed munitions from around Sasavelle Island. The UXO clearance is being conducted in support of the Pacific Partnership mission. Forty UXO specialists are reportedly scheduled to support the clearance which is scheduled to commence this week. The clearance operation is scheduled to conclude by the July 4th holiday.

Cyprus Looks for Help With Dumped Underwater Munitions

Zygi, Cyprus The Cyprus Government has asked Greece and Israel for assistance in addressing underwater munitions dumped of the coast of Zygi, a fishing village located in the south. Following an environmental assessment requested by the United Nations, a report shows that the Cypriot National Guard dumped about 167 types of munitions in the sea in large quantities between 1980 and 1993. The request came from Cyprus' Defense Minister Fotis Fotiou and was based upon concerns over explosives safety and environmental hazards. Reports indicate thet the Defense Minister also plans to seek assistance from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

UXO Impacts Underwater Pipeline, Government Denies Assistance

UXO Impacts Underwater Pipeline Path, Government Denies Assistance

Canberra, Australia The Australian Department of Defence announced that it will not provide technical assistance to address UXO in the Timor Sea to support the construction of an underwater gas pipeline through the area. The 550-mile pipeline, under development by a Japanese oil and gas company, is designed to connect the Ichtys Field to a processing plant in Darwin.


Fishing Vessel Nets UXO EOD Responds

Gosport, United Kingdom A fishing vessel brought up a UXO in its nets between Stokes Bay, Gosport and Ryde on the Isle of Wight. The captain of the fishing boat reported the find to the Coastguard who responded with a Royal Navy EOD team. EOD inspected the UXO and decided to lower it back in the water for the time being. EOD plans to schedule a dive team to conduct a controlled detonation of the item in the upcoming days. A temporary exclusion zone has been established around the area and a notice to mariners has been issued.


UXO Concerns Raised Again Over Underwater Pipeline Project

Helsinki, Finland The Environment Ministry is requesting more information and details on the potential environmental impacts of the planned Baltic Sea gas pipeline including impacts resulting from disturbances and potential explosions from underwater UXO before they will consider to allow the project to move forward in Finnish waters. They are also demanding that Russia make available its own environmental assessment of the pipeline.


River Bed and River Bank UXO Clearance Project Planned

Belgrade, Serbia The European Commission and the Serbian Government are developing a plan and jointly funding an effort to clear UXO from the Sava and Danube rivers. The underwater UXO river clearance project is designed to address the UXO in the river beds and along the river banks to make the area safer for maritime transit. The source of the UXO was from bombing that occurred in 1999 when a 78-day bombing campaign was conducted by NATO forces to remove Serb troops from the then province of Kosovo. Due to history of the area, the potential exists for WWI and WWII era UXO to be in the area as well.


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