Nations Joined Forces to Prevent Disasters, Protect a Legacy The tale of the Titanic, which sank 103 years ago today, is not just a tragedy of the many lives lost when the ocean liner struck an iceberg and went down. It’s also an example of countries working together to prevent future disasters of its type. Shortly after the sinking, maritime nations signed an international Safety of Life at Sea agreement, establishing safety requirements including an ice patrol to guide ships away from icebergs. The International Ice Patrol still operates every iceberg season and drops a wreath over the Titanic’s wreckage on the anniversary of its demise. The safeguarding of the Titanic site is also by international agreement, with NOAA—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—representing the U.S. Learn about the role NOAA plays in protecting the Titanic and the role the U.S. Coast Guard plays in protecting mariners from icebergs .

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The Titanic: An Example of Cooperation Born from Tragedy