OceanGate Inc. is a privately-owned company headquartered in Everett, WA. Since the founding of the company in 2009, the OceanGate crew has focused on increasing access to the deep ocean through innovation of the next generation of manned submersibles and launch platforms. Our fleet of five-person submersibles are capable of reaching depths as deep as 4,000 meters and provide unique platforms for exploring the deep ocean.


Stockton Rush
CEO and Founder

In 2009, Stockton Rush, a successful businessman with close ties to the aerospace and technology industries, founded OceanGate Inc., an ocean exploration venture focused on providing manned submersible services to enable researchers and explorers to access the oceans' vast resources. Taking an early lead in an emerging market, Stockton recognized that private industry funding and utilization of modern materials could have a major impact on our ability to explore the deep oceans while significantly lowering the cost of discovery.

During the first two-and-a-half years of operations, using a disciplined cost/benefit analysis, Stockton evaluated undersea technologies and acquired the submersible Antipodes, two robotic vehicles, various support vessels, and multiple pieces of support equipment. OceanGate acquired a second submersible in 2012 and rebuilt it into Cyclops 1 to serve as working prototype for Titan.

Our highest priority during our early dives was the development of detailed operations, maintenance, and safety manuals for our crew and equipment that would allow us to operate safely and consistently in a wide variety of demanding environments. These procedures have proved to be extremely effective as OceanGate has successfully completed over 14 expeditions and over 200 dives in the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Following every mission, the team evaluates and updates the procedures as part as a continued commitment to evolve and ensure operational safety.

A Brief Timeline


Titan – First four person dive to 3760 meters


Titan launched (formerly Cyclops 2) / Titan launch and recovery  platform  built / 4000 meter unmanned test dive / 4000 meter manned test dive / Salish Sea Survey Expedition 


Cyclops 2 construction begins / Titanic Survey Expedition announced 


Andrea Doria Expedition / Patent issued for launch platform system / Four pressure tests completed on Cyclops 2 scale model / Sixgill Shark Expedition / Greater Farallones Expedition


Flower Garden Banks Expedition 


Cyclops 1 launched (formerly Lula) / Cyclops 1 launch and recovery platform constructed / Sixgill Shark Survey Expedition: Elliott Bay


Lionfish Expedition


Acquired Lula submersible / Miami Expedition / Hellcat discovered


Monterey Expedition / SS Governor Expedition / SS Dix Expedition


Acquired Antipodes / AJ Goddard Expedition / Catalina Expedition


OceanGate Founded