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UK and U.S. strike agreement on Titanic wreck

Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 21, 2020
The wreck of the Titanic will be protected for the first time following a treaty which will restrict exploration of the sunken vessel's decaying hull.
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The agreement between the UK and the U.S. will give both the power to grant or deny licences to enter the remains and to remove artefacts found outside the hull.

UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said the treaty will ensure the historic wreck is treated with the 'sensitivity and respect' the Titanic and her passengers deserve.

But a plan to 'surgically remove' a roof to get to the radio that gave out the Titanic's final distress signal is being hatched.

The state of the wreck which sank in two pieces has long been deteriorating due to corrosion, biological activity and deep ocean currents.

But it is believed the various expeditions down to the Titanic including those led by director James Cameron have further damaged the vessel.

In addition, private expeditions have removed artefacts of archaeological significance from the wreck and its surroundings.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the hull and structure of the ship is likely to collapse within the next 40 years.