Triton Submarines teams up with James Cameron and OceanX’s Ray Dalio to support future deep-sea exploration.

Nabil Ibrahim

On the 26th of March 2012, James Cameron reached ‘Challenger Deep’, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench  – at a depth of 10,898 metres.

Cameron’s deep sea adventures have caught the imagination of the public as much as his films, and now the Academy Award-winning filmmaker is joining Bridgewater Associates Founder Ray Dalio and Triton Submarines to inspire the next generation of explorers.


Triton’s founder and president Patrick Lahey joined Cameron and Dalio at an event at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History where the trio announced their alignment. Said Lahey: “At Triton, we create innovative technology and machines intended to push past existing boundaries and inspire the next generation of ocean advocates. Ray and Jim bring additional business acumen and discipline to the company, creative ideas and unique opportunities that will amplify and expand on the important work we have accomplished so far. I couldn’t be more excited to partner with two individuals with demonstrable passion and integrity, and with a deep commitment to ocean innovation and exploration that will make Triton’s next chapter the most interesting of them all.”

The deep sea challenger: Cameron is a passionate underwater explorer, experienced submersible pilot and longtime marine tech innovator.


Businessman, investor, and philanthropist, Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest and most successful hedge funds in the world. The American (along with his son, Mark),  is also the co-founder of OceanX, a philanthropic initiative that allows scientists to explore the oceans and share their reports with the scientific and educational world. Dalio’s OceanX owns the 87-metre OceanXplorer, the most advanced exploration, research, and media vessel ever built, the media side – which includes an onboard production house with cameras capable of shooting in 8k. This cutting edge studio is of great interest to Dalio’s fellow investor, Jim.

His expeditions have resulted in the discovery of new species of marine life, and have also provided valuable data and samples for scientific research.


Cameron has been fascinated by shipwrecks since his childhood and it’s this passion for the depths that led him to direct The Abyss and Titanic, before heading underwater himself on numerous submersible dives.

The Canadian’s dives have not only set deep-sea diving records, but they have also led to scientific discoveries and advancements in deep-sea technology. His expeditions have resulted in the discovery of new species of marine life, and have also provided valuable data and samples for scientific research.

Dive deep: From the waters of the Arctic, through the world’s great reefs and down to the deepest point on Earth, Triton owners have enjoyed a diversity of experiences.

In addition to his dives, Cameron has also produced documentaries and films about his deep-sea explorations, such as the National Geographic film ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’.

Said Cameron: “We’re entering an exciting new age of technically-enabled ocean exploration reliant on a new suite of marine vehicles, advanced imaging systems and other tech that will propel ocean science. More than 80% of our oceans are unexplored. There are mysteries to solve, new discoveries to make and critical knowledge to acquire.”

Having explored some of the most remote and challenging underwater locations around the globe, Cameron says it’s the human element of being in a submersible that is paramount to facilitating a true understanding of our oceans.