Submerged Ship is Threatened By Rust, Scavengers, Tourists
Posted: April 11, 2012 | By: Philip Sherwell [Daily Telegraph]
The ocean explorer who led the team that discovered the remains of
the Titanic has drawn up plans to dispatch deep-water robots to the
floor of the North Atlantic to conserve the wreck.
It was 100
years ago this week that the liner set sail from Southampton for New
York on her doomed maiden voyage. Maritime officials and experts have
warned that the wreck is rusting away.
The U.S. Coast Guard
recently wrote to the International Maritime Organization asking for a
ban on ships dropping garbage or releasing sewage within 10 nautical
miles of the site.
Robert Ballard, a professor of oceanography at
the University of Rhode Island, said last week that he will apply for a
permit from U.S. authorities to conduct an ambitious operation 3.7
kilometres beneath the surface.
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