A large-scale search for missing persons continues in the remote North Atlantic on Wednesday titanium Submersible with five people on board as the clock ticks for remaining chance of survival.
The 21-foot, unregulated submersible owned by US-based company OceanGate Expeditions has been missing since Sunday after losing contact with its supply vessel on top about an hour and 45 minutes after its dive to the notorious vessel titanic shipwreck.
According to the US Coast Guard, the submersible was launched at 8 a.m. that morning and was scheduled to resurface at 3 p.m., but the vessel never surfaced. The Expedition Support Ship polar prince reported the overdue submersible at 5:40 p.m. EDT Sunday evening.
titanium comes with an advertised life support of 96 hours. While the U.S. Coast Guard has emphasized that this is just a single data point of many being considered at the operation, based on this schedule it is titanium It won’t be until Thursday morning before he runs out of oxygen – assuming a catastrophic incident hasn’t already happened.
A unified command consisting of the US Coast Guard, US Navy, Canadian Coast Guard and OceanGate Expeditions is now coordinating the massive effort to locate the missing submersible and bring those on board safely home against the odds.
With that in mind, here are some of the ships currently participating in the search:
The TechnipFMC’s, deep energy, arrived on site around 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday morning and began operating the remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The deep energy was delivered in 2013 as one of the largest and most capable pipelay vessels ever built.
Horizon Maritime operates the polar princea former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker turned expedition support vessel for OceanGate’s expeditions to the United States titanic. The ship reported the submersible’s disappearance and remained on site throughout the search and rescue operation.
Horizon Maritime CEO Sean Leet gave a press conference on Wednesday that provided additional insight into the searches to date. “The equipment that has been mobilized to do this is the best in the world, the most capable in the world and we must keep hope alive,” he said.
Horizon Maritime also broadcasts the horizon arctic, one of its high-capacity offshore support vessels. In his press conference, Leet thanked charterer ExxonMobil for assisting in making the vessel available for search and rescue. The ship was loading deep-sea equipment, including a US military ROV, which was flown to St. Johns late Wednesday night. The deep-sea equipment reportedly includes the US Navy’s Flyaway Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS), a portable vessel hoist system designed for reliable deep-sea lifting capacity.
The horizon arctic left the port of St. John’s at 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning. “We are very aware of the time density of this mission,” said Leet.
The Canadian Coast Guard said they are also sending the heavy icebreaker CCGS Terry Fox And CCGS Ann Harvey, a buoy maintenance and SAR vessel equipped with a helicopter and search and rescue equipment. The Canadian Coast Guard has already sent this out CCGS John Cabota fisheries science ship equipped with side-scanning sonar, and the merchant ship Atlantean Merlinan anchor tug owned and operated by Atlantic Towing.
The Merchant Ship Scandinavian Vinland also arrived on site around 7pm local time on Tuesday and began conducting search patterns which are now working alongside the John Cabot and Atlantean Merlin. Scandinavian Vinland is a multi-purpose offshore support vessel operated by DOF, equipped with two ROVs and an ROV response team capable of providing 24/7 assistance.
Winds of 23mph and gusts of up to 30mph were reported locally on Wednesday. The sea state is 6-7 feet swell and the air temperature is 50°F
Other forces involved in the response, but not necessarily on the ground, include the French research vessel Atalantaa marine research vessel equipped with a ROV…
…and a Canadian Navy ship ice baya coastal defense ship (MCDV) equipped with a mobile decompression chamber and medical personnel.