THE FUTURE - 2020 - Present
In summer of 2020 a scientific survey expedition was conducted by OceanGate and led by maritime historian, scientist, researcher, and Titanic diver Parks Stephenson. The Titanic was filmed for the first time in 4K using the camera systems mounted outside the submersible TRITON. The expedition was chiefly concerned with examining the effects of the bacteria on the wreck and to possibly identify wreckage from the ships missing middle section that had been spotted in the debris field. The expedition, though a success, had issues with the undersea current which caused poor visibility and prevented a more detailed examination of the wreck. The ships mast was now fully collapsed and lay across the forward well deck, while the superstructure was observed to be heavily deteriorated and collapsing. Captain Smiths bathtub, for decades clearly visible on the boat deck, had become buried in the collapsing debris. Meanwhile, further aft at the Marconi wireless room, numerous holes had opened up into the ceiling and it had noticeably started to sag. The rest of the ship was observed to be in much the same condition as when it had been last seen in 2010, though rusticle growth was noticed to have been much thicker and dense in certain areas than previously noticed.
Following the success of this expedition OceanGate became the premier unit to dive to Titanic and offered to allow civilian scientists and historians the opportunity to join with them on their continued work on Titanic for an entry price of $125,000 (£106,000) per resident scientist or participant. The hope is that the Titanic will become more open and available to the world in the coming years, and that, by once again allowing tours and visitation, it will encourage others to visit the ship and to take part in her story.