The remains of the Titanic will be soon under the protection of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. The ocean liner sank almost 100 years ago but the United Nations agency warns that more than 700 divers have visited its remains, located 4,000 meters underwater near the coast of Canada.
- The Titanic will become protected by UNESCO
Once the 100th anniversary of its sinking has passed on April 15, the ship will be protected under the Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, signed in 2001. This treaty is intended to avoid any damage to the underwater cultural heritage, preventing explorations that lack scientific and ethical purposes. Until now, the Titanic could not be covered by the convention since it only allows the protection of those remains that are more than a century old.
The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, affirms that the sinking of the Titanic is “anchored in the memory of humanity" and what is "important to protect the place where 1,500 people lost their lives”. In addition, Bokova also comes up against possible criticism stating that “there are thousands of shipwrecks that need protection as well ”and that if“ they do not tolerate the looting of cultural heritage on land ”, neither will they“ with the underwater heritage”.
The Titanic, built in Belfast, sank on its maiden voyage after departing from Southampton on April 10, 1912. It was a vessel noted for its enormous size, as well as for its speed and luxury. With more than 2000 passengers, it left for New York. However, the journey ended in catastrophe when on April 14, 1912 it collided against an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland (Canada), causing the death of 1,517 people traveling on board.
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