Titanic sub operator suspends expeditions after deadly implosion

Titanic sub operator suspends expeditions after deadly implosion

OceanGate, the U.S.-based company responsible for the tourist submersible that collapsed while diving to the Titanic wreckage, has halted all exploration and commercial operations, according to its website on Thursday. The company provided no further details, only displaying a red banner stating the suspension of all activities.

As shown on its website, OceanGate had scheduled two expeditions to the century-old Titanic ruins in a remote area of the North Atlantic for June 2024.

Following the undersea implosion in June that resulted in the death of all five individuals on board, investigations into the cause are being conducted by U.S. and Canadian authorities. This incident has also raised concerns about the lack of regulation surrounding such expeditions.

Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard recovered presumed human remains and debris from the submersible, known as the Titan, after scouring the ocean floor. The examination of this debris is expected to provide further insight into the cause of the implosion.

On June 18, the Titan lost contact with its support vessel during its descent. Four days later, its remains were discovered approximately 1,600 feet (488 meters) away from the bow of the Titanic wreckage on the seabed.

Reporting by Rami Ayyub; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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