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The Aftermath of Titan: Renewed Vows to Solve Oceanic Mysteries One Year Later

Titan’s Legacy

By shanmuga priyaPublished 28 days ago 4 min read

The destructive implosion of an experimental submarine in transit to the remote ocean grave of the Titanic last June has not dulled the desire for further sea exploration, regardless of waiting inquiries concerning the disaster.

June 18 marks one year since the Titan disappeared while heading to the memorable destruction site in the North Atlantic Ocean. Following a five-day search that caught consideration all over the world, authorities said the vessel had been destroyed and each of the five individuals on board had died.

Concerns have been raised about whether the Titan was destined for calamity because of its unconventional design and its creator's refusal to submit to independent checks that are standard in the industry.

The US Coast Guard immediately convened a high-level investigation concerning what occurred, however, officials said the inquiry is taking more time than a year time frame, and planned public hearing to talk about their findings will not occur for an additional two months.

In the meantime, deep-sea exploration continues. The Georgia-based company that owns the salvage rights to the Titanic designs to visit the submerged sea liner in July utilizing remotely worked vehicles, and a real estate billionaire from Ohio has said he plans a voyage to the shipwreck in a two-person submersible in 2026.

Numerous ocean explorers are confident that undersea exploration can continue safely in a post-Titan world.

"It's been a desire of the scientific community to move toward the ocean," said Greg Stone, a veteran ocean explorer and companion of Titan operator Stockton Rush, who died in the implosion.“I have not noticed any difference in the desire to go into the ocean, exploring.” OceanGate, a company co-founded by Rush that owned the submersible, suspended operations in early July. A spokesperson for the company declined to comment.

"The truth of the matter is, they are separated and in a liminal space," David Concannon, a former adviser to OceanGate said. "Stockton Rush has been criticized and so has everyone associated with OceanGate. I wasn't even there and I have gotten demise death threats. We support each other and just hold back from being interviewed. The world has moved on ... but the families and those most impacted are as yet living with this misfortune consistently." The Titan has been chronicling the Titanic's decay and the underwater ecosystem around the sunken sea liner in yearly journeys starting around 2021.

The craft made its last dive on June 18, 2023, a Sunday morning, and lost contact with its support vessel around two hours later. At the point when it was reported overdue that afternoon, rescuers rushed ships, planes, and other equipment to the area, about 435 miles (700 kilometers) south of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The US Navy informed the Coast Guard that day of an irregularity in acoustic information was "reliable with a collapse or blast" at the time correspondences between the Polar Prince and the Titan were lost, a senior Navy official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive technology.

Any silver hope that stayed for finding the crew alive was wiped away on June 22, when the Coast Guard declared that garbage had been found close to the Titanic on the ocean floor. Authorities have since recovered the submarine's flawless endcap, debris, and assumed human remains from the site.

In addition to Rush, the implosion killed two members of a prominent Pakistani family, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood; British adventurer Hamish Harding; and Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet.

Harding and Nargeolet were members of The Explorers Club, a professional society dedicated to research, exploration, and resource conservation.

“Then, as now, it hit us on a personal level very deeply,” the group’s president, Richard Garriott, said. “We knew not only all the people involved but even all the previous divers, support teams, people working on all these vessels — those were all either members of this club or well within our network.” Garriott trusts regardless of whether the Titan hadn't collapsed, the correct rescue equipment didn't get to the site fast enough. The misfortune got everybody from the Coast Guard to the ships on-site off guard, highlighting the significance of developing search operations of any expedition, he said. His association has since made a task force to help others do just that.

"That's what we've been trying to truly correct, to ensure that we know precisely who to call and precisely what materials should be mustered," he said.

Garriott believes the world is in a new golden age of exploration thanks to technological advances that have opened frontiers and provided new tools to more thoroughly study already visited places. The Titanic tragedy hasn’t tarnished that, he said.

Veteran deep sea explorer Katy Croff Bell agrees. The Titan implosion reinforced the importance of following industry standards and performing rigorous testing, but in the industry as a whole, “the safety track record for this has been very good for several decades”, said Bell, president of Ocean Discovery League, a nonprofit organization focused on making deep-sea investigation less expensive and more accessible.

Garriott said there will be a remembrance celebration for the Titan victims this week in Portugal at the annual Global Exploration Summit.

“Progress continues,” he said. “I feel very comfortable and confident that we will now be able to proceed.''

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Comments (7)

  • Hannah Moore20 days ago

    Humans are insatiable questers, arent we.

  • Gerard DiLeo21 days ago

    We thought those lost from the Titanic disaster was a final number. Great treatise, shanmuga.

  • It's so funny to me that these people still wanna do this stuff. Looks like they would never learn hahahahhaa

  • Gael MacLean28 days ago

    Nice bit of journalism. I was wondering what was going on since the tragic accident.

  • angela hepworth28 days ago

    Wow this was amazing and so interesting to read about!

  • Sherif Saad28 days ago

    good work

  • Dawnxisoul393art28 days ago

    The inclusion of diverse perspectives, from the ongoing investigation to the unwavering commitment of veteran explorers, adds depth and dimension to the narrative. The compelling juxtaposition of loss and resilience leaves us with a profound appreciation for the complexities and the importance of continuing to unlock the secrets of the ocean's depths. Thank you very much for sharing!

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