OceanGate and the University of the Bahamas Establish Partnership for the Advancement of Ocean Awareness through Exploration and Education

Everett, WA - August 29, 2018 – OceanGate, a provider of manned submersible services, and University of The Bahamas (UB) have formed a strategic partnership to address the vast opportunities and challenges in marine sciences and technology through collaboration, exploration and education.

As part of the five-year agreement, OceanGate and UB are collaborating on the development and execution of submersible expeditions and research-based programs. Expeditions and educational opportunities will be made available not only to students and faculty of the University, but also the public audience.

Dean, Pure and Applied Sciences Dr. Carlton Watson underscored the value of the collaboration to meet the goals and objectives set forth by University of The Bahamas.

“This partnership will further strengthen the University’s drive to develop flagship programs in Small Island Studies by facilitating unique learning opportunities, transdisciplinary research and innovation, as well as the establishment of networks of field stations and centers of excellence across the Bahamian archipelago,” he said.

OceanGate mobilized to the Bahamas in April, as part of a long-term testing program for Titan, its newest five-person submersible. Titan is the world’s first privately owned submersible capable of reaching 4,000 meters, a depth that opens nearly 50% of the world’s oceans to direct human observation. As testing continues, the partnership with UB is crucial in the establishment of a long-term operations base and facility.

OceanGate initially selected Marsh Harbour and Abaco for its testing program because of its easy access to the deep ocean just 15 miles offshore, a nearby international airport, and a very supportive local community.

“From the moment we arrived in the Bahamas, our crew has felt welcome,” said OceanGate CEO, Stockton Rush, “We are looking forward to continuing our mission to open the oceans through the partnership with the University of The Bahamas to explore the deep ocean and share the knowledge and opportunities throughout the country.”

Research dives also provide an opportunity for training, as OceanGate prepares Titan for the 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition.

About University of The Bahamas

Chartered on 10th November 2016, University of The Bahamas (UB) is a beacon for national transformation. Approximately 5,000 students are enrolled in the University of The Bahamas system which includes campuses and centers on New Providence, Grand Bahama, San Salvador and Abaco, as well as UB online education. UB’s diverse academic programs, research engagements, athletics and leadership development experiences equip our students to become global citizens in a dynamic world.

For more information visit www.ub.edu.bs.

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