DALLAS, TX (December 14, 2021) – Caladan Oceanic, led by explorer Victor Vescovo, along with expedition partners EYOS Expeditions, Triton Submarines, and Greenroom Robotics, successfully dived to the deepest point of the Kermadec Trench in the South Pacific Ocean on December 11th at a preliminary, calculated depth of 10,003 meters (+/- 4 meters). It is the fourth-deepest ocean trench in the world and this was the first time a human had ever dived to its deepest point. The completion of this dive sets a new world record for Vescovo, having now completed dives to all four1 of the world’s 10,000-meter trenches – the Mariana, Tonga, Philippine and Kermadec trenches.
The Kermadec Trench was the final dive in the South Pacific leg of the Ring of Fire 2021 diving expedition, which has also included the first ever human descents to the bottom of the San Cristóbal (8,483 meters), Santa Cruz (9,142 meters) and New Hebrides (7,794 meters) trenches. All dives were exploratory, mapping, and hardware-testing in nature and did not retrieve any water, soil, or life samples in accordance with local rules. No marine science personnel were aboard the vessel at any time.