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Titan sinks-Do you know What Happened?

Titan, a submersible run by this American travel and adventure business Ocean Gate, collapsed on June 18, 2023, while on an expedition to see the Titanic wreck in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The Ocean Gate CEO Stockton Rush, the French deep water explorer and Titanic specialist Paul-Henri Nargeolet, the British billionaire businessman Hamish Harding, the Pakistani-British billionaire Shahzada Dawood, and Dawood’s son Suleman were all on board the submersible.

Founded in 2009 by Stockton Rush and Guillermo Söhnlein, OceanGate is a privately held firm. It has been using leased commercial submersibles to carry paying customers off the coast of California, in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Atlantic Ocean since 2010. Located in Everett, Washington, the business was founded there.

Several additional deep water vehicles have come under the spotlight because of the Titan Submersible, which exploded during its voyage to the Titanic disaster. Debris from the Titan was found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean by a Canadian diving robot. The incidence happened due to Hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure refers to the pressure exerted by a fluid at rest due to the weight of the fluid itself. It is a result of the gravitational force acting on the fluid column. Hydrostatic pressure is directly proportional to the depth of the fluid and the density of the fluid. The deeper the fluid column or the denser the fluid, the greater the hydrostatic pressure. The Titan was crushed into bits, according to the findings, by the hydrostatic pressure at a depth of 12000 feet. Nearly 4.6 times the size of the Burj Khalifa, the Titanic’s wreck is located 12500 feet below sea level. The water pressure is about 6000 PSI down here. Any man-made object would be instantaneously crushed in the Titan submarine since it was not equipped to handle the pressure of the deep sea. The Titan’s implosion is a cautionary tale for deep sea tourism, and it will raise the bar for private exploration safety rules.

The search and rescue operation was carried out by a global team under the direction of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), United States Navy (USN), and Canadian Coast Guard. Numerous ROVs, commercial and research vessels, as well as a ship from the Royal Canadian Navy and aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force and the United States Air National Guard also assisted.

One hour and forty-five minutes into its dive, Titan’s communication was lost. When it didn’t surface later that day at the usual time, authorities were notified. Four days after the submersible went missing, a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) located a Titan-related debris field 500 meters (1,600 feet) away from the Titanic’s bow. The United States Navy (USN) sonar detected an acoustic signature consistent with an implosion around the time communications with the submersible stopped, suggesting the pressure hull had imploded while Titan was descending and all five occupants had died instantly.

To conclude, the implosion of the Titan submersible during its expedition to the Titanic wreckage serves as a sobering reminder of the immense hydrostatic pressure that exists at great depths in the ocean. This incident has shed light on the need for rigorous safety precautions and standards in deep-sea exploration and tourism.

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