Yamagiri Maru

The Yamagiri Maru was built in 1938 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a passenger/cargo carrier for the Yamashita Kisen Line. Requisitioned by the Japanese Navy in September 1941 she was  converted to a military transport for moving special cargoes. The ship saw service transporting war material between Solomons and the Caroline Islands until she was…

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USS Sgt Major Wm J Pugh

The Pugh is a former USN YFR, a type of vessel designed and built to supply the anchored fleet at large congested naval stations/bases. Three types of vessels were in her class … one being a YO for Yard Oiler carrying special lubes to large ships, another was a YF for supplying dry stores, and…

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Seiko Maru

  Seiko Maru 74 years ago today on the 17th July 1940 the Seiko Maru officially entered service  for the Japanese Dairen Steamship Company. After being requisitioned by the Japanese Navy they made use of her heavy cargo handling facilities to move goods from the Empire throughout the Pacific. On one of these journeys the Seiko was…

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Boiler Re-tubing

We have just successfully completed sea trials on our starboard boiler which over the past few weeks has been getting re-tubed by a specialist team from the Philippines. Because we have two Foster Wheeler type D boilers it meant we could carry on diving operations as normal during this period. We continue to invest in our vessel, Truk Lagoon’s…

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Free Enriched Air Nitrox

Using ‘Enriched Air’ or ’Nitrox’ also sometimes called ’EANx’ is a great way to extend your bottom times without going into decompression especially on repetitive daily dives. As well as gaining longer no decompression limits, using enriched air nitrox also results in a reduced decompression penalty due to the lower level of nitrogen absorbed during…

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