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PRESS RELEASE: January 18, 2022

Titanic Expedition Chief Scientist, Steve W. Ross, PhD., Spearheads First-Ever Effort to Study the Marine Ecosystem of the Iconic Titanic Wreck Site

Marine biologists will investigate Titanic’s marine biology during the OceanGate Expeditions 2022 Titanic Expedition.

January 18, 2022 – NASSAU, BAHAMAS – 
OceanGate Expeditions announces that Dr. Steve W. Ross, Research Professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, will be the Chief Scientist of the 2022 Titanic Survey Expedition. Dr. Ross will lead a team of accomplished scientists in a first-of-its-kind survey of the marine ecosystems on and near the Titanic. The wreck of the Titanic, sitting at 3,800 meters on a barren abyssal plain, serves as a refuge for life forms like corals, squat lobsters, brittle stars, and rattail fish. The scientific team will utilize the 5-crewmember Titan submersible as a research platform to observe and record the deep dwelling sea life.

“Previous dives to the Titanic have focused mostly on the wreck and associated archaeology. We are seeking to compile a list of every living creature we can identify inhabiting the Titanic wreck site to understand this unique deep-sea ecosystem. This has never been attempted before,” says marine biology expert Dr. Steve W. Ross. “Unlike ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), using direct observation from the Titan submersible provides a better depth of field and a fuller impression of what the surrounding environment is like. We want to understand what sustains the fish and corals that make this deep ocean artificial reef their home, what is in the water column, and add a biological layer to the GIS mapping effort that began during last year’s expedition. In addition to collecting important ecological and archaeological data, we hope this new information will also contribute to conservation of the wreck site,” continues Dr. Ross.

“It was fascinating to observe numerous creatures during our dives to the Titanic in 2021. We are privileged to have Dr. Ross shepherding this unprecedented project that promises to shed light on this remarkable underwater community,” says Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions. “Dr. Ross brings some 45 years of deep ocean research experience to the 2022 Titanic Expedition. Dr. Ross has authored many frequently cited studies of deep sea corals and fish populations in submarine canyons and other locations, and he will be integral to uncovering the mysteries of this unique undersea habitat,” explains Rush.

The scientific team headed by Dr. Ross will be supported by OceanGate Expeditions crewmembers and citizen explorers who will serve as Mission Specialists for this important marine ecological study. In addition to U.S. biologists and archaeologists, the research team will include renowned colleagues from Canada and the UK. Aspiring Mission Specialists interested in supporting the Titanic Survey Expedition should contact OceanGate Expeditions for qualifications, availability, and additional details.

Media Inquiries | Lisa Dreher | lisa.dreher@oceangateexpeditions.com | +1 425-442-1301
Expedition Inquiries | Kyle Bingham | kyle.bingham@oceangateexpeditions.com | +1 425-595-6343
Investor Inquiries | Bob Shuman | robert.shuman@oceangatexpeditions.com | +1 425-595-5017
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PRESS RELEASE: November 23, 2021

Titanic Expedition Announced for Summer 2022; OceanGate Expeditions to return to the site 110 years after the ship’s sinking

A new crew of citizen explorers and researchers will dive to the wreck in Titan, the world’s only 5-crewmember submersible capable of reaching depths of 4000m.

November 23, 2021 – NASSAU, BAHAMAS – 
OceanGate Expeditions announces its second annual expedition to the wreck of the Titanic, the 2022 Titanic Expedition. OceanGate Expeditions will charter the Cyclops-class carbon fiber and titanium submersible, Titan, to carry crewmembers to the historic maritime heritage site which sits at 3,800 meters on the floor of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Citizen explorers, trained as Mission Specialists, will join a cadre of archaeologists, marine biologists, and Titanic experts on the second annual expedition to study and document the Titanic in more detail than ever before. The Titan submersible is outfitted with the latest camera technologies to capture ultra-high-resolution imagery that will help determine the wreck’s rate of decay and assess the marine life that dwell on the wreck.

“During OceanGate Expeditions’ 2021 Titanic Expedition, Mission Specialists helped our crew gather and review terabytes of the highest resolution still images and video of Titanic and the debris field ever collected,” says Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions. “The 2022 Titanic Expedition will mark the second year of the digital preservation initiative and the first-ever consecutive-year crewed dive missions to the Titanic. The continuing support of Mission Specialists, our partners, and experts ensures that this important maritime heritage site is documented for generations to come,” continues Rush.

“Over the past 30 years I have completed more than 30 dives to the Titanic. The bow is the most exciting part of the Titanic to see. Year after year I have seen a lot of deterioration. It isn’t going faster, but you can see more of the inside of the ship as the wreck decays. Also, the mast has fallen down on the well deck. When you see the wreck with your own eyes it is very different than seeing it through an ROV camera. You need to see it with your own eyes,” says P.H. Nargeolet, veteran Nautile submersible pilot. “You have a lot of room inside the Titan submersible. We can have five people in the sub and there is a big view port. The sub is very well done, it is simple and easy to pilot, and there is a lot of innovation in Titan,” continues Nargeolet.

“How many people can say they have gone 12,000 feet into the ocean? The sub (submersible) felt very solid. The sub was more comfortable than I expected. We were in the sub for 11 hours. It didn’t feel anywhere near that long. There was plenty of room,” says Doug Jackson, OceanGate Expeditions Mission Specialist. “The sheer magnitude of the destruction was amazing. The steel was three inches thick and it was just twisted like a toy,” shares Jackson.

“It was something out of Discovery Channel or National Geographic. It was very surreal and amazing. This is one of the most interesting and unique experiences I have ever had. Less than around 200 people have ever been down to the Titanic and seen the wreck in 110 years. Even diving to almost 4,000 meters in a submersible is an experience onto itself. That’s what life is about,” says Aaron Newman, OceanGate Expeditions Mission Specialist.

The upcoming Titanic Expedition runs May through June, 2022. More than half the Mission Specialist roles for 2022 have already been filled. Aspiring Mission Specialists interested in supporting the Titanic Expedition should contact OceanGate Expeditions for qualifications, availability, and additional details.

Media Inquiries | Lisa Dreher | lisa.dreher@oceangateexpeditions.com | +1 425-442-1301
Expedition Inquiries | Kyle Bingham | kyle.bingham@oceangateexpeditions.com | +1 425-595-6343
Investor Inquiries | Bob Shuman | robert.shuman@oceangatexpeditions.com | +1 425-595-5017
Business Inquiries | Bob Shuman | robert.shuman@oceangatexpeditions.com | +1 425-595-5017

 

PRESS RELEASE: August 10, 2021

OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS COMPLETES GROUNDBREAKING 2021 TITANIC SURVEY EXPEDITION

Inaugural year in longitudinal study of the Titanic shipwreck concludes after weeks in the North Atlantic Ocean diving in the 5-crewmember submersible, Titan. 

August 10, 2021 – ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND –OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS has completed six historic weeks of dives aboard Titan, the world’s only 5-person, 4,000-meter (13,123 feet) submersible. A team of renowned experts, researchers, and citizen scientists returned today to St. John’s Newfoundland with the highest quality photographs and videos of the wreck of the Titanic ever acquired. The images show of parts of the wreck that may never have been captured before.

“It took six years to develop, and stress test the world’s most advanced five person submersible, Titan. We are proud to have engineered and deployed the first successful use of sensor-instrumented carbon fiber in a deep diving human occupied submersible,” said Stockton Rush, OceanGate Inc. co-founder and submersible pilot.  

“The conclusion of the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition marks the completion of the development program which began over six years ago. This inaugural deployment of the Titan submersible, its innovative launch and retrieval system, and its groundbreaking technology opens the door to expeditions and discoveries around the world. The company plans annual expeditions to the Titanic and additional expeditions to a variety of sites such as hydrothermal vents, unique biological ecosystems, and shipwrecks from every era of history.  

 

Dr. Bridget Buxton, a marine archaeologist at the University of Rhode Island who has led expeditions all over the world, served as Chief Archaeologist for the expedition. She reported, “We have gathered thousands of new photographs and videos of considerable value that can be shared with other researchers. We have also drafted an ArcGIS map of the site on which we have overlaid the dive profiles. We will continue to add layers of data and imagery to this map each time Titan dives.”

After her recent dive to the debris field, Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, Director and Professor at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University said, “My work is focused on planetary exploration, but I think there is so much about our own home planet that we don’t yet understand and haven’t explored very much. We talk about space being a final frontier, a place we need to learn a lot more about. The ocean is another final frontier. It plays a huge role in sustaining our planet, so we’d better learn a lot more about it.”

Dr. Scott Parazynski, member of the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, is a veteran of five Space Shuttle flights and seven spacewalks. He is also a co-pilot aboard Titan and noted after his recent dive, “Titan is a complex undersea vehicle that’s designed, built and tested to the highest of aerospace standards. I’ve always been impressed by the talented OceanGate team and their focus on placing safety first, making these extremely deep-water dives possible time after time.”

Renowned Titanic veteran and Nautile submersible pilot PH Nargeolet was thrilled with his experiences aboard Titan saying, “My final dive on the bow of the Titanic was one of the very best I have ever had. Conditions were ideal and I saw parts of the wreck I had never seen before.”

In September 2021, the OceanGate Expeditions team will mobilize Titan to dive in the Hudson Canyon off New York City to study the marine life and geology in that important underwater canyon. Citizen scientists may inquire about the opportunity to join an expedition as a Mission Specialist. Mission Specialists receive training in operational roles and participate as expedition crew members. Visit www.oceangateexpeditions.com.

Jaden Pan

PRESS RELEASE: May 27, 2021

OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS MISSION SPECIALIST SHARES HIS PATH TO JOINING THE TITANIC SURVEY EXPEDITION

Jaden Pan, explorer, producer, and documentary camera operator shares what is driving his desire to become a Mission Specialist with OceanGate Expeditions. 

May 27, 2021 – EVERETT, WA – OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS, the innovative crewed submersible exploration company, discovers one Mission Specialist’s inspiration for joining the Titanic Survey Expedition 2021. Jaden Pan is no stranger to adventure having worked in television documentary filmmaking for shows like “Ocean Warriors” (Animal Planet), “Intervention” (A&E), “Time of Death” (Showtime), and “Disclosure” (Netflix) while also spending his free time exploring and supporting important missions around the world.

“My desire has always been to access the inaccessible, whether that be geographically, emotionally, or spiritually. Whether I am filming for a show in Antarctica or working at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe, Uganda, I’m passionate about telling human-interest stories and going to uncharted locations to learn, explore, and make discoveries,” says Jaden Pan, OceanGate Expeditions Mission Specialist.  

“My desire has always been to access the inaccessible, whether that be geographically, emotionally, or spiritually. Whether I am filming for a show in Antarctica or working at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe, Uganda, I’m passionate about telling human-interest stories and going to uncharted locations to learn, explore, and make discoveries,” says Jaden Pan, OceanGate Expeditions Mission Specialist.  

Pan signed up as a Mission Specialist in 2018. “I have been following the development and engineering of the OceanGate, Inc. Titan submersible for several years now. It has been fascinating to witness the evolution and innovations that have gone into the submersible. Accessing the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean to witness and respectfully pay homage to the history of the Titanic’s technological innovation, the aspirations and lives of those on board, and support further scientific understanding of the deep ocean will be life-changing. The Titanic is just the beginning. I can imagine other deep ocean missions with OceanGate Expeditions. Discovering new marine life, exploring the 2400-year-old Odysseus shipwreck, or searching for the remains of Amelia Earhart’s plane are just a few of the adventures I have dreamt of experiencing in the future,” says Pan.  

“OceanGate Expeditions’ Mission Specialists are incredibly varied in background, age, and experience,” says Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions. “Jaden’s experience as a working member of multiple expeditionary teams makes him an ideal Mission Specialist. His filmmaking skills will help us achieve our mission goal to document and share with audiences around the world the scientific and archaeological discoveries made at this historic maritime heritage site,” continues Rush. 

Aspiring Mission Specialists interested in supporting the Titanic Survey Expedition should contact OceanGate Expeditions regarding availability, requirements, and qualifications. Additional details are available at www.oceangateexpeditions.com. 

PRESS RELEASE: May 12, 2021

OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES MEDICAL TEAM FOR INAUGURAL TITANIC SURVEY EXPEDITION 

Crewed submersible exploration company assembles seasoned team of expeditionary and emergency physicians to support efforts to document the important maritime heritage site. 

May 12, 2021 – EVERETT, WA – OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS, the innovative crewed submersible exploration company, today announced it has brought together an impressive team of medical professionals to join the Titanic Survey Expedition 2021. The medical team will oversee the medical care for the entire crew throughout the expedition, including supervising the strict COVID-19 protocols OceanGate Expeditions has had in place since mid-2020.   

OceanGate Expeditions Titanic Survey Expedition 2021 Medical Team: 

  • Dr. Marc Y. Burdick, Chief of Emergency Services and Medical Director, Swedish Ballard Emergency Department, explorer, expedition physician and 20-year veteran diver. 

  • Dr. Ann Jarris, Co-Founder & CEO, Discovery Health MD, maritime, remote, emergency, and wilderness medicine specialist. 

  • Dr. Charles H. AbramsonMedical Director Emergency Department, Valley View Hospital and staff physician Emergency Department at Aspen Valley Hospital.  

“In recruiting our expedition medical team, we prioritized identifying medical professionals accustomed to working in austere and unpredictable situations like those faced in expeditionary environments. This veteran team of emergency physicians brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our Mission Specialists and crewmembers,” says Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions. “We will continue to follow strict COVID-19 protocols that we used throughout two Fall 2020 expeditions with zero resulting COVID-19 cases. In addition, the expedition vessel, Horizon Arctic, has a medical center for onboard care,” says Rush. 

“As a medical team, we are well-versed in planning for unexpected situations. We are dedicated to ensuring the safety and comfort of our Mission Specialists and the entire expedition crew,” says Dr. Marc Burdick, Chief of Emergency Services and Medical Director, Swedish Ballard Emergency Department. “The Titanic Survey Expedition medical team and I have worked in some of the most remote and challenging places in the world aboard expeditionary vessels, emergency rooms, and in the maritime industry around the globe. I’ve been impressed with the commitment OceanGate Expeditions has made to ensuring the safety and health of every crewmember and to making an ongoing contribution to this effort.” continues Dr. Burdick. 

Aspiring Mission Specialists interested in supporting the Titanic Survey Expedition should contact OceanGate Expeditions regarding availability, requirements, and qualifications. Additional
details are available at www.oceangateexpeditions.com

 

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PRESS RELEASE: March 31, 2021

OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS SELECTS CANADIAN-OWNED HORIZON ARCTIC FOR INAUGURAL TITANIC SURVEY EXPEDITION 

OceanGate Expeditions partners with Horizon Maritime for crewed submersible missions focused on research, documentation, and exploration of the iconic RMS Titanic shipwreck.

March 31, 2021 – EVERETT, WA and ST. JOHN’S, NL – OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS, the innovative crewed submersible exploration company, today announced it has selected the state-of-the-art multi-purpose offshore support vessel Horizon Arctic to serve as the surface support vessel for the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition. 
This expedition will be the first of an annual series that will document the condition of the wreck, the debris field, and the marine life found there. 

“The expedition vessel is essential to the success of the missions we will embark upon beginning in June 2021,” says Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions. “The Titanic Survey Expedition will utilize OceanGate Inc.’s 5-crewmember submersible, Titan, and their proprietary launch and recovery platform that are easily accommodated by a wide variety of surface support vessels. 

For this expedition, in one of the world’s harshest marine environments, we have selected a superior vessel with outstanding features such as low emissions hybrid propulsion, full redundancies, and the highest standard of accommodations for our crew and Mission Specialists. Our focus has been on identifying a vessel and crew uniquely qualified in deep subsea operations with a commitment to putting safety first. We have found that in the crew of the Horizon Arctic,” says Rush.

“We are excited to be providing the Horizon Arctic for the inaugural Titanic Survey Expedition, conducting this operation from our home port in St. John’s,” says Sean Leet, CEO, Horizon Maritime. “Our crews have unmatched training and experience in subsea support operations – safety is paramount within all of our operations. While we have supported many complex subsea operations over the years, supporting the team making these dives to the iconic resting place of the Titanic is an exceptional honor. We are looking forward to working with the OceanGate Expeditions team and participating in these on-going missions that will document and preserve a fascinating aspect of our Atlantic Canadian heritage,” continues Leet.

“OceanGate Expeditions’ Titanic Survey Expedition will embark June 2021 with a team of scientists, content experts, and citizen explorers trained as Mission Specialists to study and document the important maritime heritage site. Citizen explorers contribute mission support and training fees. They join the crew as Mission Specialists who are trained to assist with submersible operations aboard Titan and surface support operations. Roles and training include communications, navigation, laser scanning, sonar operation, photography, and dive planning.  

The Horizon Arctic is Canadian-owned and operated by Horizon Maritime. The 93.6 meter vessel has the environmentally-friendly CLEAN DESIGN class notation, a hybrid propulsion system, and improved low resistance design for high speed and crew comfort. The vessel also has an ROV with integrated control room and launch and recovery system.

Aspiring Mission Specialists interested in supporting the Titanic Survey Expedition should contact OceanGate Expeditions regarding availability, requirements, and qualifications. Additional details are available at www.oceangateexpeditions.com.

Scott Parazynski
Dr. Scott Parazynski, NASA Astronaut, Physician, Expeditionary Expert

 

PRESS RELEASE: March 13, 2021

NASA ASTRONAUT AND PHYSICIAN, dR. sCOTT PARAZYNSKI TO JOIN TITANIC SURVEY EXPEDITION 

From outer space to the highest peak and, now to the bottom of the ocean, expeditionary expert joins OceanGate Expedition's 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition.

"Being part of the inaugural expeditionary team for the Titanic Survey Expedition is an amazing opportunity. I'm looking forward to demonstrating the cutting-edge submersible technology that will change how we explore our deep oceans," Scott Parazynski.

March 13, 2021 – Everett, WA: OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS today announced Dr. Scott Parazynski as an Expeditionary  Expert who will join the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition. 
A United States Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee, technology CEO and avid explorer, Parazynski has not only crewed five Space Shuttle flights and seven spacewalks but has also summited Everest and earned Level 1 submersible pilot credentials during his previous work with OceanGate Expeditions. 

 

“Challenging environments are incredible catalysts for innovation,” shares Dr. Scott Parazynski. “Being part of the inaugural expeditionary team for the Titanic Survey Expedition with my friend and colleague, Stockton Rush, is an amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to working with the OceanGate Expeditions team to demonstrate the cutting-edge submersible technology that has the power to change the way humans explore our deep oceans, understand our planet, and investigate other planets. Our home planet is extraordinary, and my bucket list will get an additional checkmark as part of this ground-breaking OceanGate expedition,” says Parazynski.

“Going to the bottom of the ocean presents many challenges also encountered in space exploration. It requires rigorous training, diligence, planning, and, most of all, dedication to safety,” says Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions.

“Expeditionary environments are dynamic whether working in space or working in our deep oceans. Having experts on our team with proven track records in exploration is vital to our success in achieving our mission objectives. We will document the wreck of the Titanic in more detail than ever has been done before, and chronicle the biology, archaeology, and general condition of this important maritime heritage site,” continues Rush. Aspiring Mission Specialists interested in supporting the Titanic Survey Expedition should contact OceanGate Expeditions regarding requirements and qualifications. 

To obtain more information about all upcoming OceanGate Expeditions dive missions, visit http://www.oceangateexpeditions.com/expeditions

Photo credit: Rory Golden ©Brian Dempsey

 

PRESS RELEASE: January 19, 2021

TITANIC DIVE VETERAN AND EXPERT, RORY GOLDEN, TO JOIN TITANIC SURVEY EXPEDITION 

Two-time Titanic expedition team member signs on to serve as historical and dive expert for the OceanGate Expeditions 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition.

January 19, 2021 – Everett, WA: OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS today announced Rory Golden as an Expeditionary Expert who will join the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition. Golden has over 44 years of dive experience and played key roles in Titanic expeditions and dives in 2000 and 2005. 

Citizen explorers, known as Mission Specialists, will work hand-in-hand with Golden and other scientific, archaeological, and oceanographic experts throughout the Titanic Survey Expedition.

“I will never forget the first time I saw the Titanic. We were travelling along the flat ocean floor towards the ship and we came upon a wall of mud,” recalls Rory Golden. “We were at the forward section, near the bow, and we slowly rose up a steel wall that was covered in rivets and rusticles. Eventually we ascended over the top and there she was. It was a rush of emotion. She is massive and awe-inspiring.  

You are excited, amazed, and, at the same time, you feel a deep sadness for all those lost. It’s unlike anything else I’ve experienced in over 40 years of diving. In the five short years between my dives to the Titanic the changes were dramatic. I’m anxious to bear witness to the deep ocean’s impact on this historic sight,” says Golden.

“Rory is highly regarded in the dive and Titanic communities. As a member of the Explorers Club and Vice Chair of the Great Britain and Ireland Chapter, he has been an active explorer, diver, and researcher dedicated to the preservation of Titanic history. We are proud and excited to welcome him to our expeditionary team for the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition,” says Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions. “His knowledge and previous documentation of this revered shipwreck will help us navigate the features of the wreck site and assess how quickly the wreck is decaying,” continues Rush.

Six missions scheduled for Summer 2021 will mark the inaugural expedition of a multi-year effort to preserve Titanic history for future generations and document the rate of decay of the important site. Using an array of high-resolution 4K cameras, a laser scanner, and sonar equipment, OceanGate Expeditions’ team will create a fully explorable photorealistic virtual 3-D model of the site.

Each participating citizen scientist will embark on 8-days at sea as a Mission Specialist crewmember and make one untethered 8 to 10-hour submersible dive as part of a 5-person team (sub pilot, subject matter expert, three mission specialists). Each submersible dive team will spend several hours exploring the renowned Titanic wreck-site. The Summer 2021 Expedition schedule runs late-May through mid-July.

Aspiring Mission Specialists interested in supporting the Titanic Survey Expedition should contact OceanGate Expeditions for qualifications, availability, and additional details.

To obtain more information about all upcoming OceanGate Expeditions dive missions, visit www.oceangateexpeditions.com.

PRESS RELEASE: October 13, 2020

OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES CITIZEN SCIENTIST SUBMERSIBLE DIVES TO THE TITANIC IN 2021

“More people summit Everest in a day than have ever seen the Titanic,” says OceanGate Expeditions President, Stockton Rush.

October 13, 2020 – Everett, WA – OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS today announced the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition with the world's only 5-crewmember submersible able to reach Titanic depths. Submersible owner and operator, OceanGate Inc., has agreed to charter its Cyclops-class submersible, Titan, to transport Titanic expedition experts and researchers, along with citizen scientists trained as Mission Specialists, on a series of deep-sea research missions. Each of the six 10-day missions will give up to nine qualified citizen scientists a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore and experience this historic memorial site.

Alongside a team of experts, Mission Specialists will be trained as crewmembers and will serve hands-on roles in documenting important features of the historic site that lies 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) below the ocean’s surface. This expedition will capture laser scans and 4K video that will be combined with high-resolution images to create a photorealistic virtual 3-D model of the shipwreck.

“The Titanic Survey Expedition is the culmination of a vision to give more people a window into our deep oceans and access to the historic Titanic site,” says Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions. “The support of Mission Specialists is vital to our multi-year exploration, research, and digital preservation effort. They will have the unique opportunity to serve in active expeditionary roles alongside oceanographic scientists, archaeological researchers, and Titanic expedition veterans throughout the missions. This team will document this historic site for generations to come,” continues Rush.

Six missions scheduled for Summer 2021 will mark the inaugural expedition of a multi-year effort to preserve Titanic history for future generations and document the rate of decay of the important site. Using an array of high-resolution 4K cameras, a laser scanner, and sonar equipment, OceanGate Expeditions team will create a fully explorable photorealistic virtual 3-D model of the site.

The series of 10-day missions will include untethered 8 to 10-hour 5-crewmember submersible dives that will transport citizen scientists and explorers to the renowned wreck-site. The Summer 2021 Expedition schedule runs late-May through mid-July.

Aspiring Mission Specialists interested in joining the Titanic Survey Expedition should contact OceanGate Expeditions for qualifications, availability, and additional details. The company is accepting applications for both the 2021 and 2022 expeditions.

To obtain more information about all upcoming OceanGate Expeditions dive missions, visit www.oceangateexpeditions.com.

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PRESS RELEASE: September 30, 2020

OCEANGATE EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES WRECKS OF THE NORTHEAST DEEP-SEA EXPEDITION

After completion of September Hudson Canyon Expedition, ground-breaking deep-sea exploration company announces October 2020 expedition to document U-869, a WWII Submarine, and other shipwrecks off the coast of New York and New Jersey.

This expedition announcement comes on the heels of the company’s successful September 2020 dive in the Hudson Canyon, approximately 100 miles off the coast of New York City on the edge of the continental shelf. The first-of-its-kind manned submersible expedition was made possible by a cadre of citizen scientists who were trained as Mission Specialists and played active hands-on roles throughout the expedition.

“It’s incredible that you can still be the first person to directly observe sites on earth. Most people don’t realize how vast and unexplored the ocean is,” shares Stockton Rush, CEO, OceanGate. 

“With the October expedition, we hope to document and shed light on some of the mysteries of the U-869 WWII German submarine, its degradation from trawl nets, and the variety of sea life on that and other wrecks along the Northeastern seaboard. Sharing this goal with citizen explorers makes these missions even more meaningful. Each Mission Specialist has important roles to fulfill that make our missions possible. I look forward to sharing the discoveries we will make during the October expedition with our entire crew,” explains Rush.

Speaking of the September Hudson Canyon Deep-Sea Discovery Expedition “We have never experienced anything like this before, and my wife, Denise, and I have done a lot of adventure travel, including Antarctica excursions. This wasn’t anything like the tourist nature of those trips,” says Mike Reiss. “From the moment we arrived we became active members of the expeditionary crew – It was like being in an action movie. Being in the deep of the Hudson Canyon was like landing on a different planet. The sea life was plentiful and driving the sub was like traveling through hyperspace with the starry creatures swimming by as we explored 300 meters [900 feet] below the ocean’s surface,” recalls Reiss.

The October expedition is expected to run October 23 through November 1 and will depart from Staten Island, New York. Participating Mission Specialists will work alongside subsea experts and researchers, and will be trained for and fill meaningful roles throughout the missions.

To learn how to become a Mission Specialist and join our expedition crew, visit https://www.oceangateexpeditions.com or call +1 425-595-6343. Upcoming expeditions include the Wrecks of the Northeast Deep-Sea Expedition and the Titanic Survey Expedition 2021.

“If you want to see what’s at the bottom of the ocean, the beauty of it, this is the best way to do it. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done”

Renata Rojas, Mission Specialist

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