Wednesday 5 July 2023

OceanGate STILL advertising $250K trips to see Titanic wreckage weeks after its Titan submersible imploded

 OceanGate's website is still advertising two future expeditions to view the wreckage of the Titanic over two weeks after five people were killed in a catastrophic implosion of the company's Titan submersible on June 18. The deep-sea vessel and human remains were pulled from the Atlantic 10 days later.

A page titled "Titan Expedition – Explore the Titanic" was still available on July 4, offering a chance to dive into the shipwreck in the company's submersible via its expensive diving trips.

"Intrepid travelers will sail from Canada's Atlantic coast for an eight-day expedition to dive on the iconic wreck that lies 380 miles offshore and 3,800 meters below the surface," the page stated. "Your dive will provide not only a thrilling and unique travel experience but also help the scientific community learn more about the wreck and the deep ocean environment."

The website, which seemed to have not been updated after the unfortunate incident, indicated that the June 2023 mission is "currently underway" and that there will be an upcoming mission from June 12 to 20, 2024, followed by a subsequent excursion from June 21 to 29, 2024.

The portion of the page that specified who may join potential passengers on the future expeditions included renowned French deep-sea explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, who was later reported to have perished when the Titan imploded.

The tragedy also killed OceanGate's CEO Stockton Rush, a British-Pakistani billionaire businessman and his son, Shahzada and Suleman Dawood, and British businessman Hamish Harding.

Financier claims OceanGate CEO is just obsessed with Titanic and doesn't care about boosting deep-sea tourism

Las Vegas financier Jay Bloom claimed that Rush only launched the extreme tourism venture so he could fund his obsession with the Titanic. Bloom nearly booked passage on the doomed submersible but he backed out of paying $500,000 for two tickets aboard the Titan over safety concerns raised by his son, whom he was planning to take on the voyage.

"Rush wasn't really looking to build a tourism business to the Titanic. He wanted to research and document the decay of the ship over time," he added, "Multiple dives to the site costs a lot of money. A way to finance his scientific observation was to bring observers down with him."

Bloom shared text message conversations between Rush and himself in February on Facebook as he considered purchasing two seats on the sub for himself and his 20-year-old son, Sean. He told Rush that his son was concerned about the danger of the trip after researching the "perceived threats to the vessel." He even told the CEO his concern about the possibility that a sperm whale or a giant squid could attack the sub and compromise the hull.

"Yeah, very stupid the pressure is over 100 million pounds no sperm whale or squid is ever going to be able to mess with the sub," was Rush's reply. 

He also noted that there was no training ahead of his scheduled submersible trip. According to him, the only instructions were: "Just climb through the hatch and get in" and to not wear footwear inside the ocean vessel.

But the website offered the trip with a hefty price tag that includes one submersible dive, private accommodations, all required training, expedition gear and all onboard meals.

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