Vessel Chartered to Support Titanic Dive
The Havila Harmony, a DP2, 93 meter long, multi-purpose support vessel, operated by Reach SubSea, will serve as the topside support vessel for citizen explorers, researchers, content experts, and crew throughout the 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition.
The monumental survey led by OceanGate Expeditions, is a rare opportunity that combines exploration travel with scientific research to give private citizens, known as mission specialists, a chance to work alongside a team of experts to document and digitally preserve the historic maritime site.
“The Havila Harmony is a state-of-the-art vessel operated by an experienced team with extensive knowledge in offshore and subsea operations,” commented Stockton Rush, OceanGate CEO and Founder. “Not only is the vessel ideally suited to serve the scientific and operational objectives of the mission, but it will also play a critical role in our ability to deliver an exceptional experience to our mission specialists, researchers and expedition crew.”
Reach Subsea has a long history of providing quality solutions for deep-sea research and the offshore oil industry. The Norwegian company operates a fleet of 13 vessels specializing in providing world-class engineering and state of the art remotely operated underwater vessels.
“Reach Subsea is pleased to support the 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition. We believe that our global experience in multi-purpose vessel operations, subsea exploration, and survey will compliment this exciting project. As in all projects we undertake; Reach Subsea strives to be the best partner by performing above expectations in safety, efficiency, and quality of service.” Said Jostein Alendal, CEO Reach Subsea.
The Havila Harmony is scheduled to depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland in June 2019 and steam nearly 380 nautical miles offshore to the wreck site of the RMS Titanic where it will serve as the topside support ship for the first manned mission to the historic site since 2005. The vessel will house over 35 mission specialists, researchers, scientists and expedition crew throughout the six-week survey and is complete with private living quarters for all mission specialists as well as various common areas for collaboration, presentations, and mission prep. The 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition is the first in a multi-year scientific and technological survey to collect images, video, laser scans, and sonar data which will be used to create a virtual 3D model of the site and provide an objective basis to assess the rate of decay over time and digitally preserve its submerged history.