How OceanGate CEO Dismissed Concerns from Industry Players Leading to his Death and that of 3 Others Aboard the Titan Submersible

ByMaureen Lurare
Published on: Jun 26, 2023 01:06
Oceangate's submarine the 'Titan'. Photo Courtesy.

A group of four men and a 19-year-old boy were on board the Submersible in hopes to view the remains of the Titanic ship that sank in 1912 but didn't know their fate would end in a tragic way.


The one leading the journey was the co-founder and chief executive officer of deep-sea exploration company OceanGate, Stockton Rush. Reports indicate that he had been warned many times of the dangers involved before boarding the submarine but the CEO dismissed them as 'baseless cries'.

In an interview with the BBC, Rob McCallum, a Deep Ocean Exploration Expert, warned the CEO that he is putting his clients at risk and urged him to stop. This conversation between the two happened on email in 2018 years prior to the tragic accident. In one of the messages Stockton Rush replied to Rob McCallum’s worries about the submersible, "We have heard the baseless cries of 'you are going to kill someone' way too often," he wrote. "I take this as a serious personal insult."

He then also responded that he was  "tired of industry players who try to use a safety argument to stop innovation".

little did Mr Rush know that those warnings came into play the moment the 'Titan' went into the sea on Sunday 18th June.

But Rob McCallum wasn't the first one to warn the CEO about these issues with the Titan many experts within the the company and outside the company on the consequences that could possibly happen if the submarine enters the sea and they also expressed that the Submersible needs to be tested more and it shouldn't be commercialised for tourism use.

Oceangate's CEO ignored all these warnings and decided to advance with the Journey with four passengers on board.

The Titan generally carried five people: a pilot, in this case Rush; three paying passengers, in this case Hamish Harding, Shahzada Dawood and Suleman Dawood; and a content expert knowledgeable of the Titanic, in this instance Paul-Henri Nargeolet, according to OceanGate’s archived website.

Harding, a British businessman and the chairman of aircraft brokerage Action Aviation, Pakistani billionaire Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman, were part of a prominent Pakistani business family,Dawood Hercules Corporation and Nargeolet, an acclaimed French diver, had experience exploring the Titanic.

According to the US Navy, The Titan lost contact on Sunday the day they started their journey and went below sea level at 3,500m and imploded the same day.

The implosion usually occurs when the there is an enormous amount of water pressure and the vessel itself could not handle

that pressure due to how deep it was in the ocean because that amount of water would be equivalent to the weight of the Eiffel Tower, tens of thousands of tonnes.


Leave a Comment..


No comments yet...