A major expedition takes place next summer to explore the wreck of the White Star Line passenger liner Titanic, 46,328grt, which sank in April, 1912, while on her maiden voyage.
The US company OceanGate Expeditions, of Everett, Washington, said this will be the first manned submersible mission to the wreck of the Titanic since 2005. A support ship from the fleet of Island Offshore is due to leave St John’s, in Newfoundland, in June and the six-week expedition will explore and map the wreck and the debris field. The support ship will carry 35 expedition crew members, mission specialists researchers and scientists.
OceanGate Expeditions said: “This longitudinal survey to collect images, video and sonar data will provide a basis to assess the decay of the wreck over time and help document and preserve the submerged history.
“The exploration team will conduct an annual scientific and technological survey of the wreck with scientists and imaging experts as part of an on-going long-term study to document the current condition of the Titanic heritage site.”
Earlier this year, OceanGate Expeditions selected Island Offshore as its preferred partner for deepsea exploration. Under the agreement, OceanGate will grant the right of refusal to Island Offshore on all deepsea expeditions over the next five years that require a commercial classed support ship.
Island Offshore will provide suitable ships, crews and personnel to support the OceanGate Expeditions team and accomplish the mission’s objectives.