Everett, WA - May 15, 2018 – OceanGate Inc., a provider of manned submersible services, has rescheduled its 2018 Titanic Survey Expedition to the summer of 2019.
To conduct the first manned expedition to Titanic since 2005, OceanGate built Titan, their newest 5-person submersible that is designed to dive to depths of 4000 meters (2.5 miles). The final phase of preparation for the expedition includes testing the carbon fiber and titanium sub to the maximum design depth. The test plan includes a series of dives in an incremental stair step approach to reach 4000 meters in a safe and controlled manner.
Deep sea testing began in late April near Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas. Upon arrival the sub’s electronics sustained lightning damage that affected over 70% of its internal systems. Combined with uncharacteristically stormy and windy conditions in the Bahamas the team was unable to complete the first 4000-meter dive at least 45 days prior to the Titanic Survey Expedition. This milestone was a key decision point in the testing timeline and a trigger for a go/no-go decision to conduct the expedition in 2018.
OceanGate plans to continue deep sea testing in the Bahamas to reach 4000 meters this summer and conduct additional dives in these waters for the foreseeable future as it prepares for the Titanic Survey Expedition in 2019 and other opportunities to explore around the globe.
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