The Polar Prince, the vessel that transported the Titan submersible to the dive site, will be assisting in search efforts until the mission is complete, according to the co-founder of the company that owns the support ship.
The role of the Polar Prince is to help the US Coast Guard which is leading the search and rescue, said Sean Leet, the co-founder and Chairman of Horizon Maritime Services.
"The Polar Prince captain and crew have been steadfast in providing support during this difficult time," he said at a news conference Wednesday.
The former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker has been supporting the Titanic expedition for several years, Leet said, adding that the emergency procedures on the Polar Prince "kicked in immediately."
He said he remains in contact with the crew of 17 people on board the Polar Prince.
"Our crews and on-shore teams are experts in their fields and will continue to support this effort in any way we can," Leet said.