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June 21, 2023

Whistleblower's Safety Concerns Lead to Termination at OceanGate

Operations Director Claims Titanic Depths Exceeded Carbon Fiber Hull's Limits

In a shocking turn of events, the director of marine operations at OceanGate, the company behind the ill-fated submersible on a Titanic expedition, was fired after raising serious safety concerns about the vessel's carbon fiber hull and other systems. The revelation, exposed through a 2018 lawsuit, highlights the dismissal of crucial warnings that may have played a role in the submersible's disappearance. Dive deeper into the unsettling details surrounding OceanGate's submersible controversy.

The now-dismissed director, David Lochridge, presented a damning quality control report to OceanGate's senior management, expressing concerns about the carbon fiber hull's structural integrity. Lochridge's report emphasized the potential risks posed by "visible flaws" in the supplied carbon fiber, which could lead to catastrophic failure during the submersible's deep-sea exploration.

Despite Lochridge's recommendations for non-destructive testing and classification agency inspection, OceanGate allegedly dismissed these crucial safety measures. The company relied instead on an acoustic monitoring system to detect hull deterioration, a technology Lochridge doubted could provide sufficient warning before a possible implosion.

The lawsuit further reveals that Lochridge was fired after refusing to authorize any manned tests without scanning the hull, which raised additional suspicions. Furthermore, the filing alleges the use of hazardous flammable materials within the submersible, adding another layer of concern.

OceanGate's dismissal of safety concerns and subsequent termination of the director responsible for raising them casts a shadow over the ill-fated submersible's recent disappearance during the Titanic expedition. With mounting questions about the submersible's structural integrity, the need for thorough safety protocols and proper oversight in maritime exploration becomes even more apparent. As the search and rescue operation continues, the significance of addressing safety concerns and fostering a culture of operational excellence in the industry cannot be ignored.

Neil Hodgson Coyle
Neil Hodgson-Coyle
Editorial chief at TechNews180
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