#MH370: Latest Updates in the Search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (3)


Last Updated: Tuesday 20 February 2018.

#MH370: The Search Continues (Updates)

On 10 January 2018 it was announced that US Exploration Firm Ocean Infinity (a technology company specialized in collecting high resolution geophysical seabed data) had reached agreement with the Malaysian government to restart the search for the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which is missing since 8 March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, to Beijing in China, with 239 people on board.

Ocean Infinity’s search will focus initially on the zone identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.  The vessel, Seabed Constructor will enable work to commence imminently.  The project is expected to last for 90 days.

2018: MH370 Official Site  – Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018  | Ocean Infinity MH370  | Other:   MOT Malaysia | DCA Publications  |  Press Releases Minister of Transport Malaysia Liow Liong Lai  Previous Operational Search  Updates (2014-2017):  ATSB  |  All Search Updates JACC | ATSB News  | ATSB Correcting The Record  | Media Releases Minister of Infrastructure AU | http://mh370.dca.gov.my (from the web archive)

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Documentation of Latest Updates in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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Overview of (Previous) Updates:

Early Days (2014): 


Freemantle Harbour Cams | Waves in Search Area | Voyager Port Management system | Marine Traffic Live Map
Media Releases by rss | NEWSFEED  |  (Watch Top Breaking News Headlines LIVE |

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MH370 Debris Overview of confirmed and to be examined debris

(Click icon for info & images) | Enlarged Map: http://tinyurl.com/DebrisMapMH370 | Full Search Map of Events as they were unfolding (2014)  http://tinyurl.com/WhereIsMH370


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For independent daily updates  & a detailed view on the new OI search, follow Kevin Rupp‏   & Richard Cole‏ @richard_e_cole (The Search progress to date – website) and Ventus_45 on Twitter.

 


Wednesday 21 February 2018

 


Tuesday 20 February 2018

 


Tuesday 20 February 2018

MH370 OPERATIONAL SEARCH UPDATE #4 Period of 11-18 FEBRUARY 2018   

Key Developments

  • Seabed Constructor left Freemantle on the 12 February and had arrived at the search area at 2245 UTC on 15 February 2018
  • Upon arrival, the vessel was on standby due to adverse weather
  • On standby, Seabed Constructor initiated calibration of equipment before resuming the search operations
  • The total area covered as of 18 February 2018 is 7500 square kilometers

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report4 _English.pdf | Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018  | MH370 Search Weekly Report 4 | OceanInfinity

 


Tuesday 20 February 2018

Seabed Constructor planned to arrive at Aus Marine Complex 4 in Perth on 21 March 2018

According the Voyager Port Management system Seabed constructor is planned to arrive back at Aus Marine Complex 4 in Perth on 21 March 2018 at 05:00 local time

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Source: Voyager Port Management system


Monday 19 February 2018

DCA now known as CAAM 

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Liow said the CAAM’s responsibilities would include safeguarding civil aviation operations in the country, exercise safety regulatory oversight of the civil aviation and regulate the operation of aerodrome services and facilities in Malaysia. — Reuters pic

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 — The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has been transformed into the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) effective today in line with the government’s commitment to spur the nation’s aviation industry to greater heights.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the statutory body, which will be overseen by his ministry, would regulate the safety and security aspects, besides playing a vital role in maintaining the nation’s competitive edge within the global aviation sector.

As an independent regulatory body, he said the CAAM’s responsibilities would include safeguarding civil aviation operations in the country, exercise safety regulatory oversight of the civil aviation and regulate the operation of aerodrome services and facilities in Malaysia.

“The body will also be responsible to provide air navigation services within the Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu Flight Information Region, co-operate with any authority in charge with investigation of aircraft accident and serious incident,” he said in a statement here today.

Beyond the regulatory and oversight functions, Liow said the CAAM would also encourage, promote, facilitate and assist in the development and improvement of civil aviation capabilities, skills and services in the country.

Liow said the CAAM, which has commenced its operation today, was being helmed by its chairman Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman and chief executive officer Ahmad Nizar Zolfakar.

The board members are Ir Prof Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Commander (H) Prof Datuk Razali Mahfar, Kapten Ahmad Ridzwan Mohd Salleh and Kapten Mohamed Azharuddin Osman.

Liow said Transport Ministry’s deputy secretary-general (Policy) and the Finance Ministry’s Undersecretary of Statutory Body Strategic Management Division would also hold posts as permanent members of the body. — Bernama

Source: themalaymailonline.com

 


Saturday 17 February 2018

17th Feb 2018, 12GMT: Activity during the second swing in the search area 

In the last 36 hours Constructor may have launched three AUV missions, inside a small part of the area it scanned during AUV sortie #2, on the first swing. The first launch shown doesn’t follow all of the normal pattern for an AUV launch/mission start, so is indicated with a query. All the AUV missions lasted less than one day, rather than the normal two, if they were recovered (likely but not certain) before the bad weather arrived.

It also made another visit to a point further north where it has been several times before. This was also the point that Constructor first stopped in the search area back in January, so must have been chosen before arrival.

Weather has now closed in, probably sea-states will remain too high for AUV launch till late Sunday 18th.

Credits: Richard E Cole – @richard_e_cole 


Thursday 15 February 2018

Seabed Constructor arrived back in search area

 


Tuesday 13 February 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update – Weekly Report #3 – Period of 4-10 FEBRUARY 2018 

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report3 _English.pdf | Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018


MH370 SEARCH WEEKLY REPORT 3

Operational search key developments from weekly report # 3;

mh370-week-3_underwater-search-coverageKey Developments

  • Search operations was suspended as the vessel Seabed Constructor continued to transit at Freemantle, WA, Perth
  • The vessel had crew change and mobilization alongside Freemantle
  • Total area covered as of 12 February 2018 is 7500 square kilometers

View the full report MH370 Search Weekly Report 3

Source: Ocean Infinity


Sunday 11 February 2018

Seabed Constructor on it’s way back to the search area

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Expected arrival on 15 February at 06:00

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Sunday 11 February 2018

SEABED CONSTRUCTOR Henderson Kwinana Western Australia

SEABED CONSTRUCTOR Henderson Kwinana Western Australia. taken at Henderson base whilst vessel was bunkering and alongside. (source: Marine Traffic)

UPDATE #2:  Departure for Seabed Constructor has changed
According the Voyager Port Management System Seabed Constructor’s move status has changed and is now confirmed to departure from location Aus Marine Complex 4 in Perth on Sunday 11 February at 23:59 local time.

Seabed Constructor Schedule for 11 Feb 2018 - No2

Departure Sunday 11 February at 23:59 (local time)

 


UPDATE #1: Departure for Seabed Constructor 
According the Voyager Port Management System Seabed Constructor’s move status is now confirmed to departure from location Aus Marine Complex 4 in Perth on Sunday 11 February at 16:30 local time.

Seabed Constructor Schedule for 11 Feb 2018

 


Saturday 10 February 2018

Hunt for MH370 to resume tomorrow

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The ‘Seabed Constructor’ berthing at the Australian Marine Complex for a scheduled refuelling at Fremantle, Perth. — AFP

Seabed Constructor, the vessel deployed to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, will resume its search tomorrow.

Malaysian DCA Directors visiting Seabed Constructor

Seabed Constructor at Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia

Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman  said: “The ship is currently refuelling and restocking supplies at Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, and will be leaving port this Sunday.”

 

Malaysian DCA Directors aboard Seabed Constructor

Malaysian DCA Directors aboard Seabed Constructor

Azharuddin said he was satisfied with what he saw on board the search vessel which had sophisticated equipment and eight Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.

“They are very professional and have been very transparent about the complex operation,” he said when contacted in Australia yesterday.

Azharuddin also met with two Royal Malaysian Navy personnel who had been seconded to the vessel and was given a satisfactory progress report.

Seabed Constructor resumed the search in the Indian Ocean on Jan 22, but the vessel had turned off its monitoring system for three days without explanation.

On Wednesday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai assured that the search mission was on course and the company had “every right” to switch off their transponder.

Ocean Infinity, the US-based company engaged by Malaysia for the search mission, has 90 days to find MH370 on a “no cure, no fee” basis.

If it manages to find the aircraft, the company will be rewarded between US$20mil (RM78mil) and US$70mil (RM273mil), depen­ding on the area the plane is found.

The Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight, with 239 people on board, went missing on March 8, 2014, after departing from Kuala Lumpur.

An earlier Australian-led search for the plane was suspended in January 2017, after it failed to find the missing aircraft, despite co­vering a 120,000 sq km area in the southern Indian Ocean.

Sources: TheStar.com.my & @AzharDGCA

 


Friday 9 February 2018

Liow: Seabed Constructor returns to port for fuel

Transport Minister Datuk Seri LiowTiong Lai assured the people that there was nothing to worry and that the Seabed Constructor had returned to port to be refueled. Liow commented on this when asked to explain why the ship searching for the missing MH370 aircraft went off radar for three days.

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Video of Swire Seabed Constructor – uploaded by Dormac on Friday 9 feb. 2018

Swire Seabed Constructor entrusted the docking of their vessel to Dormac Durban for hull preparation for the Australian Coast Guard, where it will be used in the latest search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Watch their video for more details on the completed project.

 


Friday 9 February 2018

Dato’ Sri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Director General of  the Department Civil Aviation Malaysia and En Nazar, Consul General in Perth, had a meeting today with Ocean Infinity and ATSB onboard Seabed constructor at Fremantle Port, and were briefed by Ocean Infinity’s engineer on their Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in the AUV hangar onboard Seabed Constructor.

 


Thursday 8 February 2018

Seabed Constructor has arrived at the Australian Marine Complex 4

Seabed Constructor has arrived and is now docked at the Australian Marine Complex 4, Henderson, Western Australia.

 


Thursday 8 February 2018

Updates on Sea Constructor’s arrival in Perth

The Seabed Constuctor

Seabed Constuctor

  • Update #7: SEABED CONSTRUCTOR Noon Position Report
    Offshore Supply Ship, Flag: Norway, IMO: 9682148, MMSI: 257224000, Call Sign: LFIP3Vessel Position on Map
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    Vessel Position on Map

    Local Time: 2018-02-08 11:59 (Time Zone UTC+8)
    Time UTC: 2018-02-08 03:59
    Position Lat/Lon: -32.16032° / 115.764°
    Speed/Course: 0.0 knots / 158°
    AIS Status: Moored
    Area: WAUS West Australia
    Source of Position: TERR-AIS
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  •  Update #6: ETA of SEABED CONSTRUCTOR to PERTH is at 2018-02-08 10:56 Local Time
    SEABED CONSTRUCTOR is expected to arrive at Port PERTH at 2018-02-08 10:56 Local Time (2018-02-08 02:56 UTC)

    The above ETA is calculated by MarineTraffic, based on the expected route of the vessel and the average maintained speed of the current voyage. It may change if the current conditions change, which will be reflected in the next ETA report.
    ETA reported by ship is: 2018-02-08 16:00 Local Time
    Time: 2018-02-08 01:53 UTC
    Position: -32.1603, 115.764
    Speed/Course: 0.0 knots / 158°
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  • Update #5: SEABED CONSTRUCTOR changed her reported Navigational Status from ‘Underway using Engine’ to ‘Moored’ at:
    Time: 2018-02-08 01:35 UTC
    Position: -32.16031, 115.7641
    Speed/Course: 0.0 knots / 158°
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  • Update #4: SEABED CONSTRUCTOR docked at berth/terminal Civmec Construction at port KWINANA at 2018-02-08 09:28 Local Time (2018-02-08 01:28 UTC)
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  • Update #3: ETA of SEABED CONSTRUCTOR to PERTH is at 2018-02-08 10:52 Local Time
    The above ETA is calculated by MarineTraffic, based on the expected route of the vessel and the average maintained speed of the current voyage. It may change if the current conditions change, which will be reflected in the next ETA report.
    ETA reported by ship is: 2018-02-08 16:00 Local Time
    Time: 2018-02-08 00:57 UTC
    Position: -32.1576, 115.73
    Speed/Course: 9.9 knots / 62°
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  • Update #2: SEABED CONSTRUCTOR arrived at Port KWINANA at 2018-02-08 08:41 Local Time (2018-02-08 00:41 UTC)
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  • Update #1: SEABED CONSTRUCTOR is expected to arrive at Port PERTH at 2018-02-08 09:22 Local Time (2018-02-08 01:22 UTC)
    The above ETA is calculated by MarineTraffic, based on the expected route of the vessel and the average maintained speed of the current voyage. It may change if the current conditions change, which will be reflected in the next ETA report.
    ETA reported by ship is: 2018-02-08 16:00 Local Time
    Time: 2018-02-07 23:53 UTC
    Position: -32.0024, 115.7
    Speed/Course: 6.8 knots / 183°
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Thursday 8 February in The News
Truth about ‘treasure’ chest at centre of the MH370 search boat rumours – news.com.au – 8 Feb 2018
Why did the search ship disappear from the screen? – SpiegelOnline (German) – 8 Feb 2018  (According to German-language newspaper Der Spiegel, the captain of the Seabed Constructor has specifically asked the Norwegian shipping board to temporarily permit turning off the AIS tracking system because of exceptional circumstances. The reason quoted is that media and social networks have put too much pressure on the operation, potentially jeopardizing its safety. This information comes from the spokesperson of the Norwegian shipping board.)
Seabed Constructor takes break from MH370 search – Perthnow.com.au – 8 Feb 2018
MH370 search ship Seabed Constructor docks in Fremantle as conspiracy theories swirl – abc.net.au – 8 Feb 2018
MH370: Will conspiracy theories put to rest tomorrow? – Astroawani.com – 8 Feb 2018
Civilian air crash investigators sidelined by Malaysian Govt in MH370 search (mp3) – abc.net.au – 8 Feb 2018
MH370: Malaysian military sidelines crash investigators as power play emerges on search team – abcnews.com.au – 8 Feb 2018


Wednesday 7 February 2017

Renewed search for MH370 going on smoothly says Liow

 

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said on Wednesday that the renewed search for MH370 is going on smoothly despite concerns the vessel involved had turned off its monitoring system for three days. Observers who have been following the search mission were alarmed when the vessel “disappeared” from satellite tracking between Feb 1 and Feb 4. The vessel is en route to the Australian port of Fremantle for a scheduled stop and refuelling.

Source: Interview Liow Tiong Lai with TheStarOnline

 


Tuesday 6 February 2018

MH370 SEARCH WEEKLY REPORT 2

Operational search key developments from weekly report update # 2;

  • Search operations for the week progressed as scheduled.
  • All eight AUVs were utilized for the search operation.
  • Total area covered as of 4 February 2018 is 7500 square kilometres.
  • 2 points of interest (POI) had been identified from the AUVs missions and upon further investigation, these POI’s were classified as geological.

View the full report MH370 Search Weekly Report 2

Ocean Infinity

 


Tuesday 6 February 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update – Weekly Report #2 – Period 29 January – 4 February 2018 

 


Tuesday 6 February 2017

Day of Remembrance For MH370: 3 March 2018 

MH370 Rememberance Day 3March2018
MH3370 Rememberance Day 3March2018
4th Annual MH370 Remembrance Event

Public Event Hosted by The MH370 Families:

Please come and stand in solidarity with us as we commemorate 4 years since MH370 disappeared from our skies. Your support and presence would mean the world to us.

Saturday, March 3 2018 at 2 PM – 5 PM (UTC+08)
Publika Shopping Mall, 
Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Help Needed!

Dear All,

The 4th Annual MH370 Remembrance Event is around the corner. Please let the MH370 Families know if you can help contribute with any list items needed (click picture).

All help greatly appreciated! Thank you so much.

 


Monday/Tuesday 5+6 February 2018

In the news
Conspiracy theories rage as #MH370 search boat ‘goes dark’  – News.com.au – 5 February 2018
MH370 search vessel ‘disappears’ for three days after mysteriously switching off its tracking system – Dailymail.co.uk – 5 February 2018
MH370 search vessel ‘disappears’ for three days after mysteriously switching off its tracking system – msn.com – 5 February 2018
MH370 search vessel Seabed Constructor switches off tracking system – couriermail.com.au – 6 February 2018
MH370: search ship disappears for three days – TheGuardian – 6 February 2018
Search Vessel Used To Locate MH370 Mysteriously Vanishes – MalaysiaDigest – 6 February 2018
MH370 Mystery as ship searching for MH370 disappears for 3 days – huffingtonpost.co.uk – 6 February 2018

 


Sunday 4 February 2018

Seabed Constructor back on AIS, heading back to Perth

After a blackout of approximately 80 hours, Seabed Constructor is back on AIS (Automatic Identification System) and heading back to Perth.

Seabed Constructor expected arrival and departure (422018)According the Voyager Port Management system,
SEABED CONSTRUCTOR is planned to arrive on 8 February 2018 at 05:00 at Aus Marine Complex 4, Henderson, Western Australia. Departure back to sea is planned on 11 February 2018 at 14:00.

Seabed Constructor MT

Latest updates for Seabed Constructor: Offshore Supply Ship, Flag: Norway, IMO: 9682148, MMSI: 257224000, Call Sign: LFIP3

Report 2018-02-04 11:42 (Time Zone UTC+6): en route to Perth -35.7983000°, 094.7332200°
Local Time: 2018-02-04 11:42 (Time Zone UTC+6)
Time UTC: 2018-02-04 05:42
Position Lat/Lon: -35.7983° / 94.73322°
Speed/Course: 13.0 knots / 147°
AIS Status: Underway using Engine
Area: SAFR South Africa
Source of Position: TERR-AIS
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SEABED CONSTRUCTOR changed the reported Estimated Time of Arrival from 2018-02-07 08:00:00 UTC to 2018-02-08 08:00:00 UTC, for Destination PERTH at:
Time: 2018-02-04 01:44 UTC
Position: -35.95222, 93.91396
Speed/Course: 13.9 knots / 147°

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The last reported speed of SEABED CONSTRUCTOR is 13.3 knots.
Time: 2018-02-04 01:26 UTC
Position: -36.00467, 93.60531
Speed/Course: 13.3 knots / 78°


Friday 2 February 2018

Seabed Constructor’s expected arrival and departure

Seabed Constructor’s last received position from satellite AIS was received on 31 January 2018 at 19:56 (GTM+1). Since then it has been no longer available to live ship tracking and now shows the information from it’s departure from Durban to Perth, previous to the search for MH370.

According the Voyager Port Management system, SEABED CONSTRUCTOR is planned to arrive on 8 February 2018 at 05:00 at Aus Marine Complex 4. Departure back to sea is planned on 11 February 2018 at 14:00.


Thursday 1 February 2018

AIS Live Tracking for Seabed Constructor switched off

Seabed Constructor’s last received position from satellite AIS was received on 31 January 2018 at 19:56 (GTM+1). Since then it has been no longer available to live ship tracking and now shows the information from it’s departure from Durban to Perth, previous to the search for MH370.

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Discussion on Reddit


Thursday 1 February 2017

MH370 SEARCH WEEKLY REPORT 1

This operational search report has been developed to provide regular updates on the progress of the current search efforts to locate MH370. Please be assured that work is continuing and is aimed at finding MH370.

 

  • The vessel Seabed Constructor arrived at the search area on 21 January 2018 and launched the first Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) at 0055hrs local time (0255hrs Malaysia time) on 22 January 2018.
  • Eight AUVs are being utilized for the search operation.
  • The vessel has completed phase 1 (shaded area) depicted in diagram 2.
  • Total area covered as of 28 January 2018 is 4500 square kilometres.
  • No significant contacts identified to date.

View the full report MH370 Search Weekly Report 1


Source:
 Oceaninfinity.com


Tuesday 30 January 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update – Weekly Report #1 – 21-28 January 2018 

Download MH370SearchWeeklyReport1-CN.pdf | Source Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018


Tuesday 23 January 2018


Tuesday 23 January 2018


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Tuesday 23 January 2018

MEDIA STATEMENT Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia

DCA Statement 23jan2018Department of Civil Aviation
no 27, Persiaran Perdana Precinct 4,
62618 Putrajaya

Tuesday, 23 January 2018
For Immediate Release

MEDIA STATEMENT 

BY YBHG, DATO’ SRI AZHARUDDIN ABDUL RAHMAN DIRECTOR GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION AND HEAD OF MH370 RESPONSE TEAM

Seabed Constructor begin Search for MH370

The MH370 Response Team wishes to note that the vessel Seabed Constructor has arrived at the search area and commenced the search operation with the first Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) launched at 0055hrs local time (0255hrs Malaysian time) on 22 January 2018 and subsequently the remaining AUVs.

The search operation to locate flight MH370 by Ocean Infinity is based on a “no cure no fee” basis within a 90-day time frame. The mission involves a total of 65 crew on board including two (2) personnel from the Royal Malaysian Navy as the Government of Malaysia representative.

The team will be updating the families of those on board MH370 via text messages and email as well as updated information on the MH370 official website under the next-of-kin section at http://mh370.gov.my/index.php/en/ as and when new information becomes available.

[END]


Tuesday 23 January 2018

Liow: New search for MH370 in Indian Ocean underway

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said on Tuesday that vessel hired to search for MH370 had reached the search area in the Indian Ocean and had started its operation. Liow said this after launching the Tanjung Piai MCA ‘war room’ at Pontian, Johor on Tuesday.


Tuesday 23 January 2018

Private Company Launches Search for Malaysia’s Flight MH370 in ‘Final Effort’

SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A U.S.-based company has begun searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Malaysia said on Tuesday, as it tries to solve one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people, mostly Chinese, on board.

Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off MH370’s transponder before diverting it over the Indian Ocean. Debris has been collected from Indian Ocean islands and Africa’s east coast and at least three pieces have been confirmed as coming from the missing plane.

Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($159.38 million) search of a 120,000 sq km area in January last year, despite investigators urging the search be extended to a 25,000 sq km area further to the north.

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(Seabed Constructor at MH370 search zone: http://reut.rs/2DrBjFo)

Malaysia agreed earlier this month to pay U.S. firm Ocean Infinity up to 70 million dollars if it finds the plane within 90 days. The search vessel, the Seabed Constructor, set off from Durban, South Africa, on Jan. 3.

Ocean Infinity’s vessel carries eight “autonomous underwater vehicles”, or submersible craft, that will scour the seabed with scanning equipment for information to be sent back for analysis.

The Seabed Constuctor

The Seabed Constuctor

The Seabed Constructor began its search on Monday, Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation said in a statement.

Reuters shipping data shows the vessel reached the search zone on Sunday and on Tuesday was tracking towards a spot that Australia’s scientific agency believes with “unprecedented precision and certainty” is the most likely location of the aircraft.

The eight submersibles can search a wide area of sea floor much faster than the tethered scanners used in previous searches, Charitha Pattiaratchi, professor of coastal oceanography at the University of Western Australia, told Reuters by phone from Colombo.

“If they don’t find anything in the 90 days … I think that would be the end for decades – this is like the final effort, if you like,” he said.

The Seabed Constructor could complete the search within three or four weeks, covering up to 60,000 sq km in 90 days, or four times faster than earlier efforts, Ocean Infinity Chief Executive Oliver Plunkett told Reuters this month.

 


Wednesday 10 January 2018 

Statement by Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai on MH370 

TALKING POINTS YB DATO’ SRI LIOW TIONG LAI MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AT MH370 – OCEAN INFINITY SIGNING CEREMONY
10 JANUARY 2018

Good afternoon everyone
First and foremost, I wish to thank all of you particularly the families
and loved ones of those on board MH370 and members of the media
for your presence here today.
I would like to take this opportunity to explain briefly regarding the
further search operations to locate MH370 by Ocean Infinity.

MH370 SEARCH
Based on the agreement, Ocean Infinity will undertake search
operation to locate flight MH370 at an area of 25,000 square
kilometer within the priority search area on South Indian Ocean based
on a “no cure no fee” basis within a 90-day time frame. The search
operation is scheduled to commence mid January 2018.

As we speak, the vessel, Seabed Constructor is currently on her way
to the search area, taking advantage of the favourable weather
condition in the South Indian Ocean.

We have on board 65 crew including two (2) personnel from Royal
Malaysian Navy as the Government of Malaysia’s representative.
The primary mission by Ocean Infinity is to identify the location of the
wreckage and/or both of the flight recorders; Cockpit Voice Recorder
(CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and present a considerable
and credible evidence to confirm the exact location of the two main
items.

The payment/reward to Ocean Infinity is subject to the area where the
wreckage is located based on the division of the search area as
agreed in the agreement:

(1) RM82 million (USD20 mn) for the 5,000 square kilometre
primary search area;
(2) RM122 million (USD30 mn) for the subsequent 10,000 square
kilometre secondary search area;
(3) RM204 million (USD50 mn) for another 10,000 square kilometre
tertiary search area
(4) RM285 million (USD70 mn) for additional supplementary search
area i.e beyond 25,000 square kilometre

The MH370 Response Team, headed by the Director General of Civil
Aviation along with officials from my ministry, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Ministry of Communication and Multimedia. Other
agencies such as the Royal Malaysian Police and the Attorney
General’s Chambers will be monitoring the works done by Ocean
Infinity via an operation room established within DCA premise.

The team will be updating the families of those on board MH370 via
text messages and email as well as updated information on the
MH370 official website under the nok section at
http://mh370.gov.my/index.php/en/ as and when new information
becomes available.

CONCLUSION
Once again, I wish to thank all of you for attending this ceremony
today.
I would like to reiterate our unwavering commitments towards solving
the mystery of MH370 incident.
Our thoughts and prayers have and will always be with all the families
and loved ones of those on board MH370 as we stand with you in
these trying times.
It my hope that we will find answer that we seek for nearly four years
and bring some closure to this unfortunate incident.
With that I thank all of you.
I will now take questions.
Thank you

Sources: Statement Liow Tiong Lang  | Search Area Maps


Wednesday 10 January 2018

OCEAN INFINITY TO CONTINUE SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370

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The vessel, ‘Seabed Constructor’ of Ocean Infinity

Ocean Infinity, the technology company specializing in collecting high resolution geophysical seabed data, confirms that its proposal to continue the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been accepted by the Government of Malaysia.

Ocean Infinity’s search will focus initially on the zone identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.  The vessel, Seabed Constructor, is now close to the search area, which will enable work to commence imminently.  The project is expected to last for 90 days.

Ocean Infinity will take on the economic risk of the renewed search, only receiving payment if the aircraft wreckage is located.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Ocean Infinity’s CEO, Oliver Plunkett said:

“We are pleased that our offer to continue the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been accepted by the Government of Malaysia, who I would like to thank for giving us the opportunity.  Whilst there can be no guarantees of locating the aircraft, we believe our system of multiple autonomous vehicles working simultaneously is well suited to the task at hand.  I wish our team the best of luck in their endeavors and sincerely hope that we will be able to play a part in providing some answers to the many people affected by this tragedy.”

Ocean Infinity can use up to eight Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), capable of operating in water depths from 5 meters to 6,000 meters.   The AUVs are “free flying”, which means they will not be tethered to the offshore vessel during operations.  The ability to operate untethered independent missions allows the AUVs to go deeper and collect higher quality data, making this technology ideal for the search.

The AUVs will be equipped with side scan sonar, multi-beam echosounder, sub-bottom profiler, HD camera, conductivity/temperature/depth sensor, self-compensating magnetometer, synthetic aperture sonar and a turbidity sensor.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

Source: Ocean Infinity News


Wednesday 3 January 2018

A high-tech vessel run by US exploration firm Ocean Infinity is en route to resume the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in a new bid to solve one of aviation’s greatest mysteries. Malaysia and the firm are working out the details and are finalizing the deal for the search and make a throughout announcement next week..

Interview with Minister of Transport Malaysia Liow Liong Lai


20 October 2017

Press Statement on MH370 Search Proposals

 

 


2017

Tuesday 3 October 2017

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau on Tuesday 3 October 2017 published its final 440-page report into the search, from the time the Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared on March 8, 2014, until it was suspended in January 2017.

Chapter closes on the ATSB-led search for MH370 (Final Report)

The ATSB has released its report on the Australian-led search in the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Operational Search for MH370

The report, The Operational Search for MH370 records the search for MH370 and Australia’s work on the underwater search, including the ways in which the search area was identified, and how the search was conducted.

The Chief Commissioner of the ATSB, Greg Hood, said that the report demonstrated the extraordinary endeavours of people from around the world.

“This was an unprecedented endeavour and there has been an extraordinary response from the global community,” said Mr Hood. “There were contributions of expertise and resources from private business and organisations, agencies from different Governments, and from private individuals.”

While the resting place of the aircraft has not yet been located, the search was conducted consistent with the highest of standards of safety and professionalism, to the credit of everyone involved.

“The search inspired dedication from so many,” said Mr Hood. “I am proud to have worked with people of such commitment.”

The ATSB’s report was accompanied by the release of the CSIRO’s final MH370 research report. The search for MH370 and ocean surface drift – Part IV confirms the effectiveness of the March-April 2014 surface search in key areas.

“Our deepest sympathies remain with those who lost loved ones on MH370,” said Mr Hood. “It remains a great tragedy, and we wish that we could have brought complete closure to the bereaved. I hope, however, that they can take some solace in the fact that we did all we could do to find answers. Governments from around the world contributed to the search, with extraordinary expertise committed to the task.”

Download MH370 Final Reports, 3 Oct 2017:

– The Operational Search for MH370
– The search for MH370 and ocean surface drift – Part IV

All reports:  https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2014/aair/ae-2014-054/


Source:
 atsb.gov.au


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