After experiencing an increase in demand for not only our Titanic Survey Expeditions, but also deep-sea research, environmental supervision of deep-sea mining, and select industrial and military projects, we are pleased to announce that our engineering team has commenced planning for the next two Cyclops-class subs (Cyclops 3 and Cyclops 4) which are targeted to be rated for depths beyond 4,000 meters. These subs will be constructed using a new aerospace quality carbon fiber and production system that should greatly exceed the performance we saw with the marine-grade carbon fiber hull built for Titan. The two additional carbon fiber hulls will be the same size as Titan; however, the new carbon fiber vendor and the process will ensure our ability to access nearly all of the ocean.
In addition to authenticating our carbon fiber and titanium hull design for a deep ocean submersible, Titan also validated our advanced real-time hull health monitoring system, open ocean deployment operations, and depth hardened auxiliary systems. These successes will enable us to confidently build the next two subs and execute on the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition.
While the two new submersibles are in production, we will continue dive operations throughout 2020 utilizing Titan, Cyclops 1 and Antipodes.Learn More About Upcoming Expeditions
Cyclops 1 and our operations crew will mobilize to The Bahamas this February to carry out the Great Bahama Bank Expedition operated by OceanGate Expeditions. Beginning in March, mission specialists will be able to join a dive to depths up to 500 meters (1,640 ft) near the Great Bahama Bank. This remarkable, protected area is home to an abundance of rare and unique sea creatures, including Cuvier’s and Blainville’s beaked whales, deep-dwelling sharks and historic shipwrecks.
In coordination with The University of The Bahamas, OceanGate Expeditions will publicly produce and share research findings for educational use.
To join this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity visit www.OceanGateExpeditions.com and fill out the mission specialist application.Learn More
In its heyday, the 334-foot-long Milwaukee Terminal No. 6 was a reliable vessel for moving large industrial items throughout Washington waters. Before it became known as the MT6, the barge began its life as the Tacoma, transporting full-size trains across the Columbia River from 1883 to 1908, then rocks to build the North Jetty at the mouth of the Columbia in 1909. It was purchased by the Milwaukee Railroad in 1917 and carried railroad cars around the Puget Sound. We, however, found the MT6 at the bottom of Elliot Bay, where it has been resting since the night of December 31st, 1949.
During a series of recent dives in Elliott Bay our team observed the 70-year-old site which has turned into a sanctuary of sorts, offering nooks and crannies as a home to several fish species and providing a solid substrate for anemones. Throughout the dives, the team utilized the Teledyne Blueview 2D sonar on Cyclops 1 to capture scan data as part of an effort to digitally document the current condition of the wreck.
The Al-Ind-Esk-A Sea, a 336-foot fish processing ship, caught fire while on anchor off the Port of Everett on October 20, 1982. The former private cruise ship was undergoing maintenance when a crew member’s welding torch ignited the vessel’s insulation. Cyanide gas produced by the burning insulation, coupled with the danger of 18 tons of pressurized ammonia exploding hindered the efforts of the firefighters and at 10:14 AM on October 21st she slipped quietly beneath the waters of the Port of Gardiner, about a half-mile offshore from the current OceanGate headquarters where she remains today.
Our team revisited the familiar site earlier this month and captured 8K 360° footage of this sunken piece of history. Experience the dive for yourself in the video below.