The OceanGate Titan submarine incident involved a submersible named Titan, operated by OceanGate, that went missing while attempting to reach the wreck of the Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Titan submersible lost contact with its mother ship, the Polar Prince, 1 hour and 45 minutes into its dive on June 18. An international search operation was launched, but after days of searching, multiple pieces of debris found on the ocean floor indicated that the submersible had imploded, leading to the presumed deaths of all five people on board.

Questions have been raised about why the Titan was deployed despite reported safety concerns. The search operation faced extraordinary challenges due to the remote location of the Titanic wreck, the extreme conditions of the deep ocean, and the immense pressure at that depth.

The fate of the OceanGate Titan submarine incident remains tragic, with the submersible presumed to have imploded shortly after its disappearance. The OceanGate Titan submarine incident has drawn attention to the risks associated with deep-sea exploration and the importance of prioritizing safety in such endeavors.

Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on the Titan submersible implosion to gauge public perceptions of the OceanGate Titan submarine incident.

Highlights:

  • Most respondents (70.45%) deemed the submarine design inappropriate.
  • 62.74% of respondents stated the submarine navigation system was inappropriate.
  • 56.09% believed the Titan expedition cost was unreasonable.

The OceanGate Titan submersible incident has brought attention to the design, operation, and ethics surrounding extreme tourism. The Titan, designed by OceanGate as a crewed submersible capable of reaching depths of 4,000 meters, has received mixed opinions from respondents.

According to the survey on the OceanGate Titan submarine incident, we observed that a majority of respondents (74.71%) were aware of the Titanic expedition, while 25.29% were unaware.

Concerns Raised Over Appropriateness of Submersible’s Build and Navigation Methods in OceanGate Titan Incident

Regarding the appropriateness of the submersible’s build, a significant portion (70.45%) expressed some level of concern, with 45.62% deeming it very inappropriate and 24.83% inappropriate. On the other hand, 23.29% remained neutral, 5.1% stated it was appropriate, and 1.16% stated it was very inappropriate.

The submarine was navigated using a repurposed video game controller. When we asked the respondents whether the use of a video game controller to navigate the submersible was appropriate, we garnered mixed responses, with 62.74% finding it inappropriate or very inappropriate and 7.75% finding it appropriate or very appropriate.

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Figure 1: Is navigating a submersible using a repurposed video game controller appropriate?

Mixed Opinions on Pricing, Approval, and Participation in OceanGate Titan Submersible Tours

The price of the Titan expedition, set at $250,000 per person, evoked varied opinions. While 56.09% found it unreasonable or very unreasonable, 10.17% regarded it as reasonable or very reasonable.

Moreover, the Titan submersible has yet to be approved or tested by any authorized agency as a prototype. The lack of individual agency approval or testing for the Titan, accompanied by waivers that relieve the operator of responsibility, was deemed inappropriate by a majority (75.3%) of respondents. In contrast, a minority of 5.49% noted it was appropriate.

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Figure 2: Do you think OceanGate’s policies and waivers were appropriate?

When asked if they would join a Titan submersible tour, respondents were divided. While 44.65% expressed interest (probably or definitely), 55.35% were hesitant (probably not or not at all). The desire to witness the Titan firsthand (19.91%), experience the depths of the oc ean (19.55%), uncover scientific value, and partake in a unique opportunity (44.86%) were cited as reasons to join.

Conversely, when asked why they would refuse to join, concerns about safety (34.95%), the cost-benefit ratio (22.65%), and limitations in observing the Titanic from extreme depths (25.56%) dissuaded some from participating.

The incident has shed light on the broader topic of extreme tourism, a growing industry targeting affluent individuals in society seeking unique and daring experiences. Opinions on extreme tourism varied, with 67.74% expressing negative or very negative views, while 7.02% had positive or very positive attitudes.

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Figure 3: Respondents’ stance on “extreme tourism.”

In conclusion, the OceanGate Titan submersible incident has prompted discussions around design appropriateness, operational practices, pricing, safety, and the ethics of extreme tourism. The diverse perspectives highlight the complexities and considerations surrounding ventures that push the boundaries of exploration and adventure.

Methodology

 
Survey TitleSurvey on the OceanGate Titan Submarine Incident
DurationJuly 3, 2023 – July 10, 2023
Number of Participants10,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.