Titanic director James Cameron says the Titanic accident reminds him of the sinking of the Titanic.
“I was struck by the similarity to the Titanic disaster itself, in which the captain was repeatedly warned that there was an iceberg in front of his ship, and yet he vaporized at full speed into an iceberg,” Cameron tells ABCNews.
Cameron is one of the world’s leading deep water divers and has dived himself to the wreck of the Titanic a total of 33 times.
This is the first time he has commented on the Titan accident.
The world-famous ship “Titanic” sank during its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912.
Hamish Harding (58), Paul Henry Nargolet (77), Stockton Rush (61), Shahzada Daoud (48) and Suleiman Daoud (19) were declared dead after the submarine “Titan” reportedly exploded just 500 meters from the wreckage Titanic” after it was reported missing on Sunday.
– I’ve been there many times and spent more time on the ship than the captain himself, Cameron tells ABC News.
He strongly criticizes OceanGate, which is behind the “Titan” submarine and takes millions of kroner to transport tourists with it.
I know all the protocols and rules in the industry. Deep-water diving is a difficult art, but no one has died while deep-water diving since it began in the 1960s, he says.
– The first thing that comes to mind
Many experts have appeared in the media around the world and stated that the submarine expedition is very risky. Part of the explanation is the pressure the submarine must withstand at a depth of about 4,000 metres.
One concern is whether Titan meets standard industry safety standards.
Posted Tuesday The New York Times A letter written by an engineering organization that already in 2018 expressed concern about the development of “Titan” and the planned Titanic expeditions with the submarine OceanGate.
Here they cautioned, among other things, about the “experimental approach adopted by OceanGate” at this time. Then they did not follow the DNV standard, (Det Norske Veritas headquartered in Høvikodden in Bærum journal.anm.), which aims to be the world’s leading classification society for the marine industry.
This also disciplines James Cameron.
– This is a certificate that everyone must pass, except for this one, who was paying travelers. These regulations are the gold standard and mean that no disasters or deaths occurred. This is the nightmare we’ve been thinking about ever since we started deep-sea diving, says Cameron of the “Titan” disaster.
Explosion, which is very violent, is one of the first things we think of as engineers. We spend an inordinate amount of time on it, says Cameron.
He says they spent more than three years developing the submarine that took him to the deepest point in the ocean, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. The Challenger Deep is more than 10,900 meters deep, and Cameron’s expedition became the second manned expedition in the world to reach this depth.
He is critical of how Titan has developed its craft.
– Many in society were worried about this submarine. People wrote letters to the company saying what they were doing was very experimental.
– I think the incident is surreal. The director says that Paul-Henri Nargolet was also a legendary French diver and a good friend of mine.
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