OceanGate: Titan submersible’s owner halts research & exploration

OceanGate: Titan submersible's owner halts research & exploration
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The owner of the Titan submarine, which broke apart last month and killed all five of its occupants, OceanGate, has ceased operations completely.

The business announced on its website that it has halted “all exploration and commercial operations” in a single sentence.

The firm has also marketed excursions to the Bahamas and the Portuguese archipelago of Azores on its website.

The cause of the subplosion on June 18, while diving near the Titanic site, is still being looked into.

The US Coast Guard will spearhead the investigation, according to officials, with the goal of averting such mishaps in the future.

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The Coast Guard has called for its highest level of inquiry, chief investigator Cpt Jason Neubauer announced last month. The investigation will be conducted in conjunction with Canadian, British, and French officials. According to Cpt. Neubauer, the inquiry could suggest filing civil or criminal charges.

The Coast Guard said on June 28 that the first phase of the inquiry had been completed with the recovery and return to land of human remains and wreckage from the Titan. A US port will receive the debris, according to authorities, for further examination.

Last Monday, Cpt. Neubauer stated in a statement that investigators still had “a substantial amount of work” ahead of them.

Along with four other passengers, including British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Suleman, 19, British businessman Hamish Harding, 58, and Paul-Henry Nargeolet, 77, a veteran French naval diver, Stockton Rush, 61, the CEO of OceanGate, perished on board the Titan.

Rush had a reputation as a driven and aspirational leader who was willing to break the law from time to time in order to fulfil his lifelong goal of exploring the oceans.

He made many successful dives on the Titan while on board, despite reports that he had disregarded advisories on the security of his sub.