Illustrated image of the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean by Andrea Gatti, inspired by Ken Marschall

Titanic Expedition

Illustration copyright Andrea Gatti. Inspired by Ken Marschall.

Titanic Expedition

Crewed mission to the Historic Titanic site

After the successful inaugural expedition to the wreck in 2021, OceanGate Expeditions will continue to return annually to further document the Titanic and its rate of decay.

Given the massive scale of the wreck and the debris field, multiple missions performed over several years will be required to fully document and model the wreck site. This longitudinal survey to collect images, videos, laser, and sonar data will allow objective assessment of the rate of decay and documentation of the process.

Expeditions will be conducted respectfully and in accordance with NOAA Guidelines for Research Exploration and Salvage of RMS Titanic [Docket No. 000526158–1016–02], and comply with UNESCO guidelines for the preservation of underwater world heritage sites.

Qualified explorers have the opportunity to join the expedition as Mission Specialist crewmembers whose Training and Mission Support Fees underwrite the mission, the participation of the science team, and their own training. Each team of 6 Mission Specialists will join the expedition for a 10-day mission (8 Days at Sea). The entire expedition is comprised of 5 mission legs during the summer of 2022.

The Titanic Expedition will conduct scientific and technological survey of the wreck with a mission to:
  • Scan the shipwreck and portions of the debris field using the latest multi-beam sonar, laser scanning and photogrammetric technology.
  • Supplement the work done on previous scientific expeditions to capture data and images for the continued scientific study of the site.
  • Document the condition of the wreck with high-definition photographs and video.
  • Document the flora and fauna inhabiting the wreck site for comparison with data collected on prior scientific expeditions to better assess changes in the habitat and maritime heritage site.
Chart for titanic survey expedition

Location of the RMS Titanic wreck.