How I did it
The HMHS Britannic shipwreck is 269mt long and sits down 120mts deep close to Kea Island off the coast in front of Athens. The ship lays down on the right side, the upper deck is partially collapsed due to the erosion but still in incredibly good conditions considering it sank more than 100 years ago. Unfortunately we know we can’t say the same for the Titanic that suffers much more damnages from the Ocean and time.
On the first dive we did on the site, the drift was so strong that I could only win its speed having my scooter at full throttle. Of course the camera housing I set up on the scooter in partnership with Easydive was quite a drag in terms of hydrodynamics compared to my buddies.
Being the area a pretty busy route for ships and also typically know for stormy weather and strong drifts, the Greek CoastGuard had a dispatch for limiting the route and we had a boat and a fast dinghy standing by. Other than that, any emergency or problem that may have occurred, would have to be solved on our own while below the surface. Must say our team, however, was well prepared and well organized both to handle unwanted situations or emergencies but also to teamwork for the best of the shoot as I like sometimes divers to be in the frame for a better sense of exploration and to help with off-camera lighting.
Thanks to all members of the team listed as my buddy Enrico Bortolotti, Aldo Ferrucci, Marcello Bussotti, Roberto Strgar Hammer, Denise Brusoni Puma, Massimo Canali, Flavio Fanelli, Ced Le Dric, Paolo Bagordo, Chirs Rivolta Kaveman, Renaud Jourdan, Ella Moreschi, Caroline Dumas.
Finally, I’m happy to say that this personal and professional adventure I had together with the whole team, has lead to good success and apparently is one made to last since already some producers have asked my footage for licensing as it appears to be a well-done job. Among others, also National Geographic has reached out to have some footage of the biggest cruise ship currently showing its mysterious beauty on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.