Immediately beforehand, who would like to participate in the project weeks described below or would like more information or would like to donate, please send me a PM or mail ( “Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project”
About us:
The “Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project” is a non-profit organization that was founded in July 2018 in Klaipeda, Lithuania by Rolandas Schön, Sabine Kerkau (member of the “WOMEN DIVERS HALL OF FAME” of the “Class of 2019”, author, UW photo and Videographer) and Linas Duoblys was founded.
As a registered and recognized non-profit organization, we may issue donation receipts that can be claimed for tax purposes.
Our motivation:
In September 2016, we began to dive and document the wrecks off the Lithuanian coast. We were particularly interested in the deep, partly unidentified wrecks. In the beginning we were fascinated by the unspoiled nature and the fantastic condition of the wrecks. But the more dives we made, the more we became aware of how dramatic the situation is with the lost nets at the wrecks. In part, the wrecks in several layers are covered by nets. The massive nets are destroying the wrecks, killing all the lives lost in them, tearing down human bones and threatening the plethora of contaminated sites such as ammunition and toxins that lie at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. That’s why we started At the end of 2017, we will intensively document and draw attention to these dangers. That was not enough for us. We also wanted to do something to eliminate it. Therefore, and because we need help with this great task, we founded the Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project.

What we do:
Our operational areas are currently, due to the urgency of acting, the waters off the coast of Lithuania. For the future, we would like to extend this project to other areas of the Baltic Sea.
In cooperation with the “Institute of Baltic Region History and Archeology”, under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Vlatan Žulkus, we search, identify and document wrecks to protect them and keep their stories alive. Our work begins in the area below 40 meters, which means below the normal depth of the sport. We find and remove lost ghost nets at the wrecks. We work closely with historians not to damage the historically significant objects on the seabed. With lectures, articles in the international press, contributions in radio and television and exhibitions we inform the public about the urgency of this project.
Our cooperation partners continue to belong
– The Historian of Navigation History Department
– Republic of Lithuania Ministry of Transport and Communications Klaipeda State Seaport Authority
– The Culture Ministry
– Klaipeda City Minicipality, Vytautas Grubliauskas (Mayor)
– The Baltic Sea Explorer with Tom Kürten (who is also an important team member of the project)
– The Techdiving Network (TDN)
At the moment we are also in talks with the Lithuanian government. A discussion round with representatives from various ministries is planned. This will aim to develop a common solution to the problem of “ghost nets”.
– Detect ghost nets at deep wrecks, salvage and provide for proper disposal
– Search, identify, document and protect wrecks.
– Joint projects with fisheries associations and local fishermen to protect the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.
– Examine and document current situation at known wreckage positions in the form of image and video material
– Plan and prepare work assignments to remove the nets from the wrecks using images and video material.
– Compilation of diving teams
– Training of the emergency services
– Recovery of nets at wrecks in depths up to 85+ meters
– Documentation for German television
07.10.2018 At the Tek Event of 7 Oceans on Lake Zurich in Switzerland
13./14.10.2018 Information booth at the SCUBAPRO Inovationdays in Nuremberg
02./03.11.2018 Information booth at the Tech-Symposium in Limburgerhof, Germany
03.12.2018 Lecture at the EUROTEK in Birmingham
19.01.bis 27.01.2019 Information booth on the BOOT in Düsseldorf
March 2019 Lecture also at the Tek Event on Lake Tuner Switzerland

How can we support you:
a. By donations:
In the last two years we have financed our work privately. But the costs of recovering and disposing of the nets will be at least € 2,000 per day. These costs include:
– An expedition and salvage ship
– salvage material (gases, cutting equipment, sacks, linen, buoys, lamps, etc.)
– Environmentally sound disposal of the salvaged networks
To finance these costs, we need sponsors and donations.
We can issue donation receipts.
b. Through volunteer help
Ghost Net – Project Weeks 2019:
The goal for 2019 is to free the wreckage of the Elbing IX from the nets and, by creating a protection zone, to ensure that the wreck remains free of nets for the future.
Bergen and dispose of ghost nets at the wreck of the Elbing IX depth 45 meters.
Ghost Nets, Project Week 1: 20.04. until 27.04.2019
Ghost Nets, Project Week 2: 27.04. until 04.05.2019
Ghost Nets, Project Week 3: 22.06. until 29.06.2019 full booked!!!!
Ghost Nets, Project Week 4: 29.06. until 06.07.2019
Ghost Nets, Project Week 5: 14.09. until 21.09.2019
Ghost Nets, Project Week 6: 21.09. until 28.09.2019
In these 6 weeks we need experienced divers who support us.
Divers working on the nets:
– Trained Trimix divers (OC or CCR) with experience in cold and dark waters.
– You must be experienced in handling sacks and dry suits.
– There must be no health restrictions.
Since we currently lack the funds to make these project weeks cost-neutral for the volunteers, the following costs per week and participant are incurred for the participants:
– One week boat incl bed and breakfast, tea, coffee and water 1000, – €
– gas costs
– Travel expenses to and from the ship
At the moment about 90 wrecks are known and identified off the coast of Lithuania. A large part of it carries ghost nets. We will gradually clean up these wrecks over the next few years. At the same time we will try to prevent new network losses at the wrecks through discussions and educational work. Already after the short time, which we are in discussion with the responsible places, there is the offer protection zones around the wrecks to furnish.

Wreck search and identification:
The work on the wreck is carried out in close cooperation with the University of Klaipeda.
3 project weeks are planned:
Wreck – Project Week 1: 07.07. until 13.07.2019
Wreck – Project Week 2: 13.07. until 20.07.2019
Wreck – Project Week 3: 20.07. until 27.07.2019
These project weeks will be held in Latvia and Lithuania.
Cost per week and divers:
– One week boat incl bed and breakfast, tea, coffee and water 1200, – €
– gas costs
– travel expenses to and from the ship (probably Libau, Latvia)
Prerequisites are a trimix training (OC or CCR), experience with cold water dives at depths up to 90 meters (but it is also possible to dive only on the shallower wrecks to 60 meters). Experience with dives in a dry suit.

The ship we work with:
We use the NZ55, a former Lotzen hotel ship, for our project weeks. It offers accommodation for 7 guests. There is plenty of space for safe storage of diving equipment. In addition, the ship has a diving lift and a small crane. There is a compressor for filling compressed air. Oxygen and helium are available on request. A booster and an HE analyzer are available.

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The Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project is an organization that engages people from many countries who  want to protect the Baltic Sea above and underwater. We work closely with the University of Klaipėda and the relevant ministries. We find and remove lost ghost nets, search, identify and document wrecks to protect them and keep their stories alive. We finance ourselves through donations and public funds.

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