The Sea Ranger Service makes its offshore capacity available to assist in research and monitoring of historic wreck sites, as a way of preserving this maritime heritage.
We work with partners to improve monitoring of such sites as in recent years an increase in illegal salvaging operations is putting this heritage at risk. More importantly, as a number of wrecks are warships sunk during the last world wars, these sites are home to underwater war graves. Improving maritime heritage conservation and avoiding the disturbance of such wrecks is something the Sea Ranger Service assists with.
As of spring 2020, a new maritime heritage programme is in development to deploy Sea Rangers to improve surveillance on protected wreck sites in the North Sea. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.