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


Last Updated: Monday 11 June 2018  (Latest updates are below the intro)

MH370 - Latest 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 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 was expected to last for 90 days.
Despite the Malaysian Government calling the search off on 29 May 2018, Ocean Infinity is still searching until 8 June 2018.

  1. MH370 Operational Search Update – Weekly Report #1 – 21-28 January 2018
  2. MH370 Operational Search Update – Weekly Report #2 – 29 January – 4 February 2018
  3. MH370 Operational Search Update – Weekly Report #3 – 4-10 February 2018
  4. MH370 Operational Search Update – Weekly Report #4: Period of 11-18 February 2018
  5. MH370 Operational Search Update – Weekly Report #5: Period of 19-25 February 2018
  6. MH370 Operational Search Update #6  Period 26th Feb 2018 – 4 March 2018
  7. MH370 Operational Search Update #7  Period 5 – 11 March 2018
  8. MH370 Operational Search Update #8  Period 12 – 18 March 2018
  9. MH370 Operational Search Update #9  Period 19 – 25 March 2018
  10. MH370 Operational Search Update #10 Period 26 March –1 April 2018
  11. MH370 Operational Search Update #11  Period: 2 April 2018 – 8 April 2018
  12. MH370 Operational Search Update #12  Period: 9 April 2018 – 15 April 2018
  13. MH370 Operational Search Update #13 Period 16 April 2018 – 22 April 2018
  14. MH370 Operational Search Update #14 Period 23 April 2018 – 29 April 2018
  15. MH370 Operational Search Update #15 Period 30 April 2018 – 6 May 2018
  16. MH370 Operational Search Update #16 Period 7 May 2018 – 13 May 2018
  17. MH370 Operational Search Update #17 Period 14 May 2018 – 20 May 2018
  18. MH370 Operational Search Update #18 Period: 21 May 2018 – 27 May 2018

*As the MH370 Official Site often has issues connecting to their MySQL database (long loading times & error pages) i’ve created an alternative way to display and/or  download the search reports here (when available):overview of search reports

2018:MH370 Official Site  – Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018  | Ocean Infinity MH370  |New Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook | Other: MOT Malaysia | MOT Interim StatementsDCA Publications  |  Press Releases Minister of Transport Malaysia Liow Liong LaiPrevious 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)

twitter-icon@Ocean__Infinity | @DCA_Malaysia |

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

MH370 Debris Overview 

(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

Overview of (Previous) Updates:

Early Days (2014): 


Data Sets
Overview of Operational Search Updates in the Ocean Infinity Search |
Leaked RMP Report | – B777 Manuals | (more will follow)
FDR Handbook – Flight Data Recorder Handbook for Aviation Accident Investigations.pdf
Annex 13 To the Convention on International Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation.pdf
Pierre Daniel Report – Rapport d’étude dérive à rebours de flaperon (Meteo France) (8 Feb 2016) – Study report backwards drifts from MH370 flaperon (French Judiciary Report – The report produced by France Meteo (France’s meteorological agency)
The search for MH370 – Inmarsat Analysis 2014 by Chris Ashton and others
– Operational Search for MH370 2014-2017.pdf + Video by Megan McCabe, Geospatial Team Leader -Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) -Geoscience Australia (GA)


Freemantle Harbour Cams | Waves in Search Area | Current Tropical Cyclones  | Voyager Port Management system | Seabed Constructor – Marine Traffic Live Map  |   Geoscience Australia Marine Data Discovery | GeoScience – The data behind the search for MH370 | Bathymetric Data Viewer
Media Releases by rss | NEWSFEED  |  (Watch Top Breaking News Headlines LIVE |


MH370 Latest Updates incl BoRDocumentation of Latest Updates in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (3)


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


#MH370: Latest Updates: 

Thank you Ocean Infinity, you have performed amazingly! Thank you to the crew on Seabed Constructor for your hard work and the dedication you have put into this search. Thank you to all who have been keeping us up to date. We appreciate you all!

@Ocean_Infinity #MH370 #Searchon

#MH370: Looking back into Area 25S 101E (Batavia/HAI XUN 01’s 37.5 kHz Ping Detection’s)


Monday 11 June 2018

@Ocean_Infinity has arrived in Dampier for preparations ahead of moving onto our next commercial operation. Thank you for all the support during our search for MH370.


#2: SC berthed at 23:03utc 10th June 18 (07:03 local 11th June 18)


#1: Seabed Constructor has arrived in Dampier. Click the links for full size images

https://i.imgur.com/6CfsowO.png

https://i.imgur.com/5MHOWFj.png


11 June 2018: In the Media

Malaysia to fetch MH370 wreckage – perthnow.com.au – 11 June 2018


Sunday 10 June 2018

SC just updated her position – making good time for Dampier – just passing to the north of Barrow Island soon.


Sunday 10 June 2018: In the Media

Does the wreckage of mh370 lie off Exmouth? – airlineratings.com – 10 June 2018


Saturday 9 June 2018

An update by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR and Richard Cole @richard_e_cole

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#2: A summary of the Seabed Constructor search over its last three weeks in 60secs. My estimates of the AUV positions. I don’t think there is a coverage gap at 26.7S but there was a weather gap and small change to the pattern and I could not pick up the relevant AUV mission track 1/2

Context showing the outline of the last animation map against the Southern Indian Ocean 2/2


#1: Seabed Constructors progress. (to Dampier port NWA)


Saturday 9 June 2018: In the Media

MH370: Ocean Infinity search ends amid calls for new disclosures and further investigation – changingtimes.media – 9 June 2018
Malaysia to finally collect critical MH370 debris – airlineraitings.com – 9 June 2018
Radio DJs launch their own search for MH370 – dailymail.co.uk – 9 June 2018


Friday 8 June 2018

Updates by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR, Mike Exner @Airlandseaman& Richard Cole @richard_e_cole

#4: The last few hours of the Seabed Constructor search for #MH370. The last two AUV missions terminated and the ship departs for Dampier.


#3: Seabed Constructors track (red) overlaid on the crummy 150 meter resolution bathymetry with the 7th arc (green) and the boundary arcs (purple). Click the links for full size.

https://i.imgur.com/E8MEp3K.png
https://i.imgur.com/vWmse0S.png


#2: MH370 followers: OI’s SC has finished searching for for this season. Incredible AUV and related technology demonstrated. Great job by all involved. Thank you OI.

A complete SC 2018 S-AIS track file and associated .kmz files are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d7nbn5ql6rawf3g/SC_2018_Search_Track.zip?dl=0


#1: Well, they got me with the old “recover the AUV in the middle of the mission” trick. I was expecting them to recover the AUVs at the +22 NM boundary arc where they deployed them. I have nothing but admiration for Ocean Infinity and their dedicated employees. More later.


8 June 2018: In the Media:

What can go wrong – techcentral.ie – 8 June 2018
An MH370 Flight Path Ending Further North on 7th Arc – mh370.radiantphysics.com – 8 June 2018
What If They Were Looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Wrong Place All Along? – popularmechanics.com – 8 June 2018


Thursday 7 June 2018

End of this search. Seabed Constructor heading for DAMPIER

Seabed Constructor has departed the search area. Destination DAMPIER port NWA, where she is expected to arrive on 11 June 2018.


Search updates by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR

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#2: Seabed Constructor is tracking the last AUVs that are still deployed – waiting to update them if needed and then recover them. The wave heights are 3.3 with a period of 6 seconds. Her position is 24° 52′ 54″ S 101° 56′ 51″ E


#1: Seabed Constructor continues to linger near the +22 NM Boundary arc, probably waiting to recover AUVs. No new deployments so that may be it for them. Wave heights at 3.2 meters and a 6 sec. period and her position is 25° 11′ 04″ S 102° 12′ 40″ E


7 June 2018: In the Media

Declassify MH370 documents, say victims’ family members – freemalaysiatoday.com – 7 June 2018
Transport Minister urged to declassify OSA documents on MH370 – thesundaily.my – 7 June 2018


Wednesday 6 June 2018

The Official Video from 4th Annual MH370 Remembrance Event 2018

Song by Patrick Leong (2016)- Search On MH370


MH370 discussed in JIT Meeting MH17

Press Statement Loke MH370 MH17 6 June 2018


Search updates by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR, Richard Cole @richard_e_cole & @Ventus_45

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#6: Seabed Constructor has spent a bit of time updating AUV positions the last few days, possibly due to sea floor terrain issues. She is near the +22 NM boundary now possibly waiting to recover AUVs. Wave heights are 3.2 meters and a period of 7 sec.


#5: Seabed Constructor activities since the deployment of 2 AUVs late on 5/6/18 (GMT). Ship checked the progress of each mission and then recovered mission W60 (my numbering) in the last few minutes. Mission W61 will finish in around 3hrs.


#4: Seabed Constructor has about 30 hours to go in the search area, before departing at 20:00 utc on the 7th, from about 25S 102.33E, at an average speed of 13 knots, to arrive off Dampier 64 hours later, at 22:00 utc on the 10th, which will be 06:00 local on the 11th (utc+8).


#3: After deploying maybe two more AUVs Seabed Constructor is out updating previously deployed ones. It will be interesting to see if they squeeze in more deployments. The wave heights are 3.5 meters with a period of 4 seconds. 25° 05′ 37″ S 101° 41′ 32″ E


#2: Seabed Constructor has moved farther up the arc and appears to have deployed at least one or two AUVs. The wave heights are running 3.5 meters with a wind wave period of 3 seconds. Her current position is 25° 08′ 42″ S 102° 14′ 56″ E


#1: Against expectations, Seabed Constructor seems to have launched another AUV mission this GMT evening. The OI team are continuing the #MH370 search right down to the wire.


6 June 2018: In the Media

The unsolved mystery of MH370 – nst.com.my- 6 June 2018
Malaysia Airlines returns to Brisbane in boost for Queensland tourism industry – couriermail.com.au – 6 June 2018.


Tuesday 5 June 2018

Search updates by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR and Richard Cole @richard_e_cole

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#5: After updating a couple AUVs and guiding one for a small while Seabed Constructor hurried back to the +22 NM boundary arc to recover AUVs from previous sorties. The waves have picked up a bit at 3.5 meters and a period of 3 seconds.


#4: Animation of last few hours activities.


#3: Seabed Constructor broke off guiding an AUV to update one running close by and then returned to guiding mode. The wave heights are running 3.3 with a wind wave period of 4 seconds. Her current position is 25° 00′ 42″ S 101° 37′ 30″ E


#2: After deploying 2 or 3 AUVs Seabed Constructor is crossing to the other side of the arc, possibly guiding an AUV. Wave heights are 3.1 meters with a period of 5 seconds for wind waves. Current position is 25° 04′ 31″ S 101° 42′ 02″ E


#1: Seabed Constructor scheduled into Dampier on the 11th.

https://kleinpod.pilbaraports.com.au/dashb.ashx?db=audam.dailyshipping


5 June 2016: In the Media

Transport Minister for MH370 victims

Bernama | June 5, 2018

Without revealing the details of the closed-door meeting, Anthony Loke Siew Fook said it was in harmony.

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Loke Siew Fook had earlier said the final report on MH370 search operations is expected to be released this July. (Bernama photo)

PUTRAJAYA: Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook has met with the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 missing from 2014, yesterday.

Without revealing the details of the closed-door meeting, he said it was in harmony.

“They came and heard our explanation … it took place in a harmonious atmosphere,” he told a media conference at the ministry, today.

Flight MH370 carrying 239 passengers and crew disappeared from radar scans while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

Last Wednesday (May 30), Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the search for the aircraft had to be stopped as no evidence was found despite the search being carried out on a large scale.

On the same day, Loke said the final report on the search for MH370 aircraft is expected to be released this July and will be shown to the families of the victims before being published for public inquiry.

Asked whether the families of the victims were satisfied with the information of the Transport Ministry yesterday, Loke said it was up to them.

freemalaysiatoday.com


5 June 2016: In the Media

MH370 Search Vessel Still Scanning Area Of Suspected Black Box Pings: Report – ibtimes.com – 5 June 2018
Who is Tommy Thomas? – indianexpress.com – 5 June 2018
Menteri pengangkutan jumpa waris mangsa MH370 – freemalaysiatoday.com – 5 June 2018
Meeting with MH370 families went well, says transport minister – Malaymail.com – 5 June 2018
MH370 searchers turn to 2014 mystery signal – thetimes.co.uk – 5 June 2018

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Monday 4 June 2018

Search updates by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR and Richard Cole @richard_e_cole

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#4: Seabed Constructor has deployed at least 2, maybe 3 AUVs. Wave heights are turned on in the last image with the scale in the lower left. The tracking software used is Big Ocean Data @bigoceandata


#3: Today’s (GMT) activities in the #MH370 search area. Two more AUV missions deployed by Seabed Constructor at the north edge of the search. The AUV missions last something over 2 days.


#2: Seabed Constructor has been busy working along the +22 nautical mile boundary, however, no indication of a deployment for almost 24 hours. Wave heights are 3.0 meters and her current position is 25° 32′ 37″ S 102° 04′ 17″ E


#1: Seabed Constructor has been updating and recovering AUVs. It seems like they are starting to ramp down a little, probably to allow data processing to catch up. The weather is crappy and her present position is 25° 36′ 19″ S 101° 58′ 33″ E


Minister of Transport Malaysia meets Next of Kin

Ministry of Transport Malaysia

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to meet and discuss with the families and loved ones of those on board flight #MH370 from Malaysia. In the session, I reiterated the Government’s unwavering commitment to seek answers towards this unfortunate tragedy.

I have also given the families and next-of-kin my utmost assurance and guarantee of a full, thorough and independent final report by the Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370 when the team publish the report in July this year. I have also gave my word to the families that a detailed briefing regarding the report will be held for them before the report is made public.

We would also like to reiterate that the aspiration to locate MH370 will never be abandoned and we remain ever hopeful that new information and credible evidence will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located, in line with YAB Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad’s commitment.

I understand that it has indeed been a trying 50 months to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew of MH370. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board flight MH370. – YB Anthony Loke Siew Fook, Minister of Transport Malaysia

Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia

https://www.facebook.com/lokesiewfook/photos/a.10151858329429542.1073741825.129323924541/10155736697139542/?type=3


Updates by Voice370 – Grace Nathan

Ocean infinity will continue searching till 8th June

This morning I received an email from Ocean Infinity (OI) saying :

1. OI will continue searching along the 7th arc till 8th June 2018 despite their contract with Malaysia ending on the 29th May 2018.

2. They hope to participate in a future search

https://twitter.com/gracesnathan/status/1003467928610615296


Next of Kin meet Transport Minister Anthony Loke

https://twitter.com/gracesnathan/status/1003462192975319041

MH370 next of kin met with Malaysian Transport Minister. He indicated that the MY govt

1. Would be open to future ‘no cure, no fee’ searches subject to cabinets approval.
2. would be open to discussions regarding compensation if Ocean Infinity finds MH370.

We are grateful to the Malaysian Transport Minister for agreeing to meet with us within a week of our requesting a meeting.

We are also very grateful to Ocean Infinity for their dedication.


4 June 2018: In the Media

Seabed Constructor carries on unofficial #MH370 search – airlive.net – 4 June 2018
MH370 search ship Seabed Constructor not ready to stop yet – new.com.au – 4 June 2018
MH370: First case of remote hijacking, says European historian – ibtimes.com.in – 4 June 2018
Flight MH370: ‘Most probably the plane was shot down – France24.com – 4 June 2018
Ocean Infinity Not Giving Up MH370 Search – maritime-executive.com – 4 June 2018


Sunday 3 June 2018

Search updates by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR and Ricard Cole @richard_e_cole

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#5: Seabed Constructor has been chasing AUVs and updating them. They continue to make great progress moving up the arc. The weather is crappy out there with 3.3 meter wave heights and 9.3 KM visibility. Current position is 25° 41′ 58″ S 101° 50′ 59″ E


#4: Last few hours activities in the MH370 search. Two AUV missions started today, after a 29h gap in launches. The end of the search still at least two days away, the length of an AUV mission.


#3: Seabed Constructor moved further north and deployed a couple AUVs meaning they are not going anywhere anytime soon. The northernmost AUV was deployed about 42 NM up arc from the Haixun site. Current position is 25° 27′ 37″ S 102° 03′ 27″ E


#2: SC has moved North again. Wave heights are running at 3.3m and the weather remains OK. Current location – 25° 29.788′ S, 102° 04.905′ E

4 images by Big Ocean Data.

1) 24 hour track ending with what appears to be a further deployment. (This manoeuvre has been typical of deployments recently but I could be wrong) It also looks like they’re lining up for another by which time we can be more certain.

2) 3 day track. Given AUV mission duration and data processing time, it’s fair to assume no analysis has yet been done on any area covered in this region.

3) Track showing the total area covered this swing.

4) Track detailing the total distance covered by SC since this search began in January. Never ceases to be impressive! Also includes wave height overlay with scale bottom left.


#1: Seabed Constructor continues to either update AUVs or recover them. The next 24 hours will be telling – waiting to see if they deploy again. Wave heights forecast to be 3.1 meters and her current position is 25° 44′ 44″ S 101° 51′ 54″ E


Saturday 2 June 2018

Search updates by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR and Ricard Cole @richard_e_cole

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#4: Seabed Constructor appears to have been chasing AUVs and updating them. Based on the last weeks production, another week “would” get them to about 24° 33′ 44″ S


#3: Seabed Constructor activities from 05GMT 1/6 to 16GMT 2/6. 3 AUVs launched (shown in purple) in that period. No launches in last 13h, 5 AUVs now in operation (from a maximum of 7). As always, AUV positions my estimates based on ship’s movements


#2: Seabed Constructor has been working either updating AUVs or recovering them. She is currently slowly moving up arc. Wave heights are running 3.0 meters and her current position is 25° 48′ 26″ S 101° 49′ 40″ E


#1: Seabed Constructor has been moving north again and probably deploying, however, I’m not sure because she is inside the +22 NM arc and this is a little odd. None the less, they are making amazing progress


2 June 2018: In the Media

Over 70 books written about MH370 – airlineratings.com – 2 June 2018


Friday 1 June 2018

Malaysia no longer bound to Ocean Infinity on MH370 search

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Transport Minister, Anthony Loke said it was in line with Malaysia’s contract terms with the Texas-based firm, which ceased on May 29. (NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is no longer bound by any agreement with Ocean Infinity in the search of MH370.

Transport Minister, Anthony Loke said it was in line with Malaysia’s contract terms with the Texas-based firm, which ceased on May 29.

Loke said the ministry has also not received any reports or related information on the MH370 search mission, covering 120,000-square-kilometre, near the southern Indian Ocean.

“I have not received any report so far (on the ongoing search). If I have any further information, I will inform (you).

“Under the terms of the agreement, we no longer have anything to do with the Ocean Infinity search mission as it ended on May 29,” he told reporters today.

Loke was commenting on a report which said the last attempt by Ocean Infinity, conducting the hunt with Norwegian vessel, the Seabed Constructor, aims to scour the seabed further after a Chinese patrol vessel detected a sonar pulse, with a 37.5 kilo Hertz frequency, possibly emanating from a black box made in 2014.

Malaysia no longer bound to Ocean Infinity on MH370 search – nst.com.my – 1 June 2018


1 June 2018: In the News

MH370 hunt continues for few more days – perthnow.com.au – 1 June 2018
Unofficial search for MH370 continues as vessel scans a whole new area – abcnews.com.au – 1 June 2018
Malaysia no longer bound to Ocean Infinity on MH370 search – nst.com.my – 1 June 2018
Last ditch search in hunt for MH370 – perthnow.com.au – 1 June 2018
MH370 Didn’t Just Disappear, It Was Caught in a Swamp of Corruption – thedailybeast.com – 1 June 2018


Search updates by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR Richard Cole @richard_e_cole and @Ventus_45

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#5: An update by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR
It looks like Seabed Constructor is moving further north to deploy again. Right now she is about 26 NM up arc from the Haixun site. Current position is 25° 43′ 42″ S 101° 53′ 19″ E


An update by Richard Cole @richard_e_cole
Seabed Constructor activities for 24h to 07GMT. 3 AUVs launched in the north (shown in purple) and another launched further north at 10.30GMT. If area of acoustic pings reported by Chinese ship Haixun in 2014 was the target, AUVs launched to date would seem to cover it.


#4: An update by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR
After recovering a couple AUVs from the southern end, Seabed Constructor has returned north and may be preparing to deploy again. Wave heights are running 3.4 meters and her position currently is 25° 47′ 37″ S 101° 53′ 09″ E


#3: An update by Ventus_45
Just the last 3 hours – tending the AUV’s. Not sure – but SC seems to be checking on 2 or 3 AUV’s at their eastern turns on their underwater runs.


#2: An update by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR
Seabed Constructor continued up the arc and deployed again, about 20 NM north of the Haixun area and then headed south. Perhaps the press will finally figure out that Ocean Infinity isn’t ready to stop yet.


#1: An update by Ventus_45
OI is continuing the search. This is the full SC track for the 24 hours of 31st May 2018 (utc)


Thursday 31 May 2018

31 May 2018 – In the Media: Ocean Infinity heads for one last spot

MH370: AUV’s in final sweep after search ends – airlineratings.com – 31 May 2018
MH370: private company behind last hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines jet heads to one final spot of interest – scmp.com – 31 May 2018
MH370: as Ocean Infinity search draws to a close, next of kin call for transparency and further investigation – changingtimes.media – 31 May 2018
Ocean Infinity Investigating One Last Spot Before Ending Search For MH370 – malaysiandigest.com – 31 May 2018


Updates by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR and Richard Cole @richard_e_cole

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#4: Seabed Constructor has moved even farther north and appears to be deploying again. She is now about 13 NM up arc from the Haixun area and continues to work their way up. Wave heights have picked up a bit at 3.3 meters. Pos 25° 55′ 46″ S 101° 47′ 16″ E


#3: Seabed Constructor activities over last 36h. 3 more AUV missions started. The positioning of the last launch in the north suggests the gaps between AUV tracks have been opened out again. Indicated is where I understand a Chinese ship scanned for black-box acoustic pings in 2014

See: #MH370: Looking back into Area 25S 101E (Batavia/HAI XUN 01’s 37.5 kHz Ping Detection’s – Bookofresearch – 27 July 2016


#2: Well it looks like Seabed Constructor deployed a couple more AUVs up arc past the Haixun area and is now heading back down to check on previously deployed AUVs. They continue to make great progress.


#1: Seabed Construct made a run north and I was waiting to see where she was going. Its too soon to recover the AUVs they dropped yesterday but maybe they are recovering one of the earlier ones. A little far off the + 22 NM boundary arc for that though.


Thursday 31 May 2018

Former PM Najib Razak resigned as Chairman of the Khazanah Board of Directors today May 31. Johari Ghani and Irwan Serigar stepped down as board members on May 30 and May 23 respectively.


Wednesday 30 May 2018

An Update by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR
Seabed Constructor has been about half way between the Site 4 boundary and the Haixun area working on AUVs previously deployed. Either updating positions or recovering them. Keep in mind AUV missions run around 50 hours. 26° 23′ 13″ S 101° 23′ 35″ E


Wednesday 30 May 2018

Malaysia’s Transport Minister @anthonyloke says the final #MH370 report will be out in July. He isn’t closing the door on another search if there’s new evidence or another company comes forward like Ocean Infinity.
“If there’s any credible lead or evidence, of course I’ll bring it back to the Cabinet to reopen the search but as of now, the team has briefed me that they’ve done everything possible”, he said.


Wednesday 30 May 2018

Search for missing plane MH370 heads for one last spot of interest

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is not quite over, the company leading the mission has said, despite the Malaysian government stating on Monday that it had ended.

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Ocean Infinity said it was heading to one last spot of interest before it turns back for good.

The Guardian has learned that the seafront exploration company’s Seabed Constructor vessel will sail to the spot in the southern Indian Ocean where a Chinese patrol ship detected an ultrasonic pulse – which could have been consistent with that from a black box – in 2014.

A spokesperson for Ocean Infinity confirmed the company was aware of the reports of the possible black box signal four years ago, and it was heading to the area to check it out for themselves “before we head to port and bring this search to a close”.

The Malaysian government at the beginning of the week said its search agreement with Ocean Infinity had ended and would not be extended.

Speaking on Monday, the transport minister, Anthony Loke, said the US-based company had requested an extension to conclude its undersea search for the missing plane.

Ocean Infinity’s arrangement with the Malaysian government was made on a “no-find, no-fee” basis, where the company would receive about $70m (£53m) if it found the aircraft wreckage, and no payment if it found nothing.

After five months of extensive searching, Ocean Infinity admitted defeat on Tuesday and its chief executive, Oliver Plunkett, said it was with “a heavy heart that we end our current search without having achieved that aim”.

However, it appears that in a last-ditch effort, the Seabed Constructor will continue for at least two more days to 25 degrees south and 101 degrees east within the original 84,000-sq-mile search zone.

The pulse detected by the Chinese ship had a frequency of 37.5kHz, the same as is emitted by flight recorders, and it was seen as one of the few hopeful moments in the first few weeks of the search for the Boeing 777, which went missing in the early hours of 8 March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Chinese planes had also reportedly detected debris in the area but no wreckage has subsequently been found, despite an international hunt the past four years.

Speaking on Wednesday, Loke said the search for the MH370 had cost 500m ringgit (£95m) and Ocean Infinity would be releasing a full report on their findings by July.

“We remain ever hopeful that we will be able to find the answers we seek and new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located. We remain steadfast in our unwavering commitments to solving the mystery of MH370.”

Source: Search for missing plane MH370 heads for one last spot of interest – guardian.com – 30 May 2018

#MH370: Looking back into Area 25S 101E (Batavia/HAI XUN 01’s 37.5 kHz Ping Detection’s – Bookofresearch – 27 July 2016


Today’s updates by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR

#3: Seabed Constructor moved up arc and deployed past the Haixun area and has now returned farther south to tend to AUVs previously deployed. Wave heights are 2.9 meters and her current position is 26° 25′ 12″ S 101° 24′ 43″ E


#2: Well, Seabed Constructor still working the search area and she has moved up arc a little more to about 3 NM from in line with the Haixun site. These next deployments should cover the area of interest. Again, Great Progress!


#1: A quick update. Seabed Constructor has moved farther up arc and appears to be still deploying AUVs. She is now a little more then 4 NM from where she would deploy on the Haixun site.


Wednesday 30 May 2018

Press Statement Minister of Transport Anthony Loke

Press Statement Minister of Transport Anthony Loke on the end of the search for #MH370.

MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

Wednesday, 30 May 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS STATEMENT
BY YB LOKE SlEW FOOK
MlNlSTER OF TRANSPORT

Loke: Malaysia remains hopeful to seek answers to bring closure to this unfortunate incident.

Yesterday the search operation to locate MH370 by Ocean Infinity has finally came to an end, covering a total area of 112,000 square kilometres – far in excess of the 25,000 square kilometre initial target.

It is therefore, with heaviest heart and deepest sorrow, the operation was unable to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Despite every effort using the best technology available, modelling and advice from highly skilled team of experts as well as search Operation crew who are the best in their field, unfortunately, the search has not yielded the result we hope for. Whilst combined scientific studies have continuously used to refine areas of probability, to date however, no new information has been encountered to determine the exact location of the aircraft.

We have been overwhelmed by the commitment and dedication shown by those involved in the search, which has been an unprecedented challenge. Their tireless work has continued to improve our knowledge of the search area and has been critical in our efforts to locate the aircraft.

I wish to reiterate our utmost appreciation to the many nations that provided expertise and assistance since the early days of this unfortunate tragedy. This development is significant specifically for the family and friends of those on board the aircraft. We again take this opportunity to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives and acknowledge the enormous loss felt by their loved ones.

In this regard, l wish to urge the Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety investigation Team for MH370, the independent investigation which comprises 19 Accredited Representatives from seven international Air Accident and incident Investigation Organisations from Australia, China, France, lndonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States of America led by Malaysia to finalise the MH370 final report in the near future to be published by July hopefully.

The MH370 Response Team led by thg. Dato’ Sri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman will continue to monitor and handle all matters relating to MH370, jamming the completion of the search mission.

I wish to reiterate that the aspiration to locate MH370 will never be A and we remain ever hopeful that we will be able to find the answers we seek and new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located. We remain steadfast in our unwavering commitments towards solving the mystery of MH370 to bring some closure to this unfortunate incident.

I hope and pray so that the families and loved ones of those on board will ngth to resume normal lives, or as normal 3 life as may be possible without their loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers will GMP with the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board flight MH370.

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Malaysia remains steadfast in our unwavering commitments towards solving the mystery of #MH370#MH370 to bring some closure to this unfortunate tragedy – YB Anthony Loke Siew Fook Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia

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Press Conference Transport Minister Loke

https://twitter.com/CGTNOfficial/status/1001729579638317056


Malaysia will consider a new search if there is new information

Dr Mahathir said he understands families’ feelings but search must come to an end at some point and there haven’t been any leads so far. Malaysia will consider a new search if there is new information.


30 May 2018: In the Media

Malaysian PM Mahathir says search for MH370 may be resumed if new evidence found – straitstimes.com.my – 30 May 2018
Malaysian PM says search for MH370 may be resumed if new evidence found – reuters.com – 30 May 2018


Tuesday 29 May 2018

An Update by Don Thompson @GuardedDon
‘s continues search to locate , working over latitude S26.0º across flank of Batavia Rise. Ship’s position via & bathymetry data from & GEBCO. AUV missions continue.


Tuesday 29 May 2018

BBC Interview with Oliver Plunkett, CEO of Ocean Infinity: We have not yet looked in the right place

The latest private search, led by Ocean Infinity, came to a close and found no evidence of airplane wreckage.

Oliver Plunkett, CEO of Ocean Infinity, explains why.

bbc.com – 29 May 2018

>> Listen HERE <<


Tuesday 29 May 2018

Ocean Infinity confirms the search is coming to an end

Ocean Infinity, the technology company specializing in collecting high resolution seabed data, today confirms that its current search for the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is shortly coming to an end. View full story

https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/1001381199733018625

MH370 Conclusion of current search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370

Ocean Infinity, the technology company specializing in collecting high resolution seabed data, today confirms that its current search for the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is shortly coming to an end.

During the course of its operation, Ocean Infinity searched and collected high quality data from over 112,000 km2 of ocean floor successfully overcoming both challenging conditions and terrain.  The total area covered, in a little over 3 months of operational days, is far in excess of the initial 25,000 km2 target and almost the same area as the previous search achieved in 2 ½ years.

Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity’s CEO, said:

“I would firstly like to extend the thoughts of everyone at Ocean Infinity to the families of those who have lost loved ones on MH370.  Part of our motivation for renewing the search was to try to provide some answers to those affected.  It is therefore with a heavy heart that we end our current search without having achieved that aim.

We are most grateful to the Government of Malaysia for entertaining our offer and affording us the opportunity to recommence the search.  The commitment that the new government in Malaysia has made to prioritising finding MH370 was very good to hear. 

We want to thank the team onboard Seabed Constructor who have worked tirelessly and all the many companies, organizations and individuals whose support, guidance and advice were invaluable.  The staff at the ATSB whose dedication to finding the plane has been unwavering deserve our particular gratitude.  

Whilst clearly the outcome so far is extremely disappointing, as a company, we are truly proud of what we have achieved both in terms of the quality of data we’ve produced and the speed with which we covered such a vast area.  There simply has not been a subsea search on this scale carried out as efficiently or as effectively ever before. 

We sincerely hope that we will be able to again offer our services in the search for MH370 in future.”

Oceaninfinity.com


Tuesday 29 May 2018

MH370 OPERATIONAL SEARCH UPDATE #18 Period: 21 MAY 2018 – 27 MAY 2018

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 17_English.pdf   |  Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018 | Alternative display & Downloads: overview of search reports  | Upcoming weather

Key Developments

  • All available AUVs were launched for the search operation.
  • Seabed Constructor has completed surveying Site 1 / Areas 01, 02 & 03, Site 2 / Areas 01, 02 & 03 and Site 3 / Areas 01 & 02 (grey shaded areas) depicted in diagram 2. They are currently surveying Site 4 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1 and diagram 3.
  • Total area covered as of 27 May 2018 within Site 1, Site 2 and Site 3 is 88,200 square
    kilometres and 18,000 square kilometres within Site 4.

Weather

  • Weather and sea conditions are forecasted to be moderate for the week ahead,
    however it is not expected to disrupt the search operations.

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Families of victims feel the new Malaysian government has broken its election promise to provide answers and bring closure after calling off the search. Grace Subathirai Nathan tells , it’s only closure for the government


Updates by Richard Cole‏ @richard_e_cole & Kevin Rupp‏  

#3: Seabed Constructor still launching AUVs at 20GMT today – the last two days of the search as an animation. Various announcements today that the search is ending very soon. Note that the AUV positions are my estimates based on ship movements.

#2: Reference end of the search – Seabed Constructor still appeared to be launching AUVs up to 06GMT this morning. Will take 2 more days for all 5 current AUV missions to complete.

#1: Seabed Constructor has moved up arc and appears to be deploying AUVs. She is about 11 NM from the Haixon area now. Wave heights are around 3.3 meters and her current position is 26° 14′ 45″ S 101° 35′ 46″ E


29 May 2018: In the Media

‘MH370 is not history’: families of missing demand answers as search nears end – theguardian.com – 29 May 2018
US search firm says to end MH370 hunt in ‘coming days’ – digitaljournal.com – 29 May 2018
MH370 Search company hopes to resume operation in future – airlineratings.com – 29 May 2018
Leader of failed MH370 wreckage hunt hopes to search again – APnews.com – 29 May 2018
MH370: Four-year hunt ends after private search is completed – bbc.com – 29 May 2018
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack hopeful MH370 may one day be foundDeputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack hopeful MH370 may one day be found perthnow.com.au – 29 May 2018
Four years on, MH370 families await report as search ends for missing plane – straitstimes.com – 29 May 2018
Senator denies MH370 conflict of interest – theaustralian.com.au – 29 May 2018


28 May 2018 In the Media 

http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/730/video/201805/730s_MH370Off_2805_256k.mp4

Malaysian government calls off search for MH370

The Malaysian government has announced it won’t extend the search for missing Malaysia Arlines flight MH370, which disappeared in the Indian Ocean in March 2015. It is a bitter blow for the families of the 239 people who were on board, who had hoped the plane would be found and they would get answers about what actually happened.Malaysian government calls off search for MH370 (docu) – abcnews.com.au – 28 May 2018
Malaysian government hindering MH370 search efforts – skynews.com.au – 28 May 2018
Full report on MH370 search will be made public, says Anthony Loke – nst.com.my – 28 May 2018
Fears Malaysia does not want to find MH370 – dailymail.co.uk – 28 May 2018
He was naughty’: MH370 pilot’s sister speaks out on his many female friends – news.com.au – 28 May 2018
How the MH370 tragedy unfolded without a solution – abc.net.au – 28 May 2018
The latest search for MH370 is over. What happens now? – abc.net.au – 28 May 2018


Monday 28 May 2018

Search ends tomorrow Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke says

28052018 LokeThe search for MH370 by private company Ocean Infinity ends tomorrow. So far, no findings have been announced. Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke says he will wait for a report from the firm and discuss with Cabinet before deciding on what happens next. The Transport Minister has pledged full disclosure when it comes to the missing plane, promising to release the final report in full without any “edits”.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The government pledged to fully disclose the full and final report on the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 and ensured that it will not hide anything from its findings.

Transport Minister, Anthony Loke said the US-based seafront exploration company, Ocean Infinity Limited had requested time until tomorrow for it to conclude its undersea search for the missing plane.

He said it is expected to submit a full report to the government after that.

“Once the Cabinet goes through it, it will be released to the public without any prejudice, in a transparent manner. This includes, even if there are any controversial elements in it,” he said.

As mentioned before, Loke said any reports involving people will be revealed openly, and nothing will be kept hidden.

“We are serious about it but I can’t guarantee 100 percent that the aircraft can be found. I’m just a minister, not an aviation expert. But what I can guarantee is that the full report will be made public in the next couple of months,” Loke told reporters after his visit to the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) here, today.

He said previously, only the interim reports were given since the aircraft’s disappearance on March 8, 2014.

“This is the first time a full report on the search is expected to be released. The decision on the direction of the search will be announced later after the Cabinet meeting,” he said.

In January, Ocean Infinity began a search for the missing MH370 and aimed to find the plane’s wreckage by June or July this year on a ‘No Find, No Fee’ term.

nst.com.my


Monday 28 May 2018

Some search updates by Kevin Rupp‏   

#3: Seabed Constructor has been updating AUVs again and is now back on the +22 NM boundary arc. Wave heights are running 3.2 meters. Her current position is 26° 25′ 20″ S 101° 16′ 06″ E

#2: Seabed Constructor had another excursion to update an AUV and is now back at the +22 NM boundary arc. They are currently about 15 NM from the Haixon detection area. Seabed Constructor’s position is 26° 18′ 04″ S 101° 30′ 42″ E

#1: Seabed Constructor has returned to the +22 nautical mile boundary arc after her excursion to the Site 4 boundary/7th arc area.Wave heights are 3.3 meters and her current position is 26° 28′ 09″ S 101° 23′ 53″ E


Sunday 27 May 2018

Some updates by Kevin Rupp    

#2: Seabed Constructor appears to be chasing an AUV, probably to update its position. They should be getting close to cycling north again. We’ll see. Current position is 26° 29′ 30″ S 100° 50′ 50″ E


#1: Seabed Constructor continues to work the area north of the Site 4 boundary. She is roughly 30 NM from the Haixon site right now. Wave heights are 3.2 meters. Current position is 26° 27′ 56″ S 101° 22′ 48″ E



27 May 2018 In the Media:

Death threats , stalking, assassination, thwarting MH370 debris hunt – airlineratings.com – 27 May 2018
Malaysia must face up to it’s responsibilities on MH370 – airlineratings.com – 27 May 2018
I can’t forgive air force: MH370 pilot’s sister – theaustralian.com.au – 27 May 2018
Should a search for 9M-MRO be carried out north of latitude 15S? – by Bobby Ulich – 27 May 2018


Saturday 26 May 2018

26 May 2018: In the Media

MH370: Anwar Ibrahim says he is not ruling out further searches – dailymail.com.uk – 26 May 2018
Private search for missing MH370 to end: another hunt in vainPrivate search for missing MH370 to end: another hunt in vain – aerotime.aero – 26 May 2018
How MH370 became the most bizarre event in aviation history – thewest.com.au- 26 May 2018
Go look again, scientist David Griffin tells Flight MH370 hunters – thetimes.co.uk – 26 May 2018


Saturday 26 May 2018

An update by Richard Cole‏ @richard_e_cole
Seabed Constructor’s activities during the last few days bad weather, recovering AUVs launched earlier. The predicted wave height from Big Ocean Data is shown. His model of the AUV positions, based on observations of ship positions.


Some updates by Kevin Rupp‏  

#2: 

https://www.facebook.com/MH370NewsandInfo/posts/826594300860318


#1: Wave heights are down to 4.2 meters and Seabed Constructor probably has gotten back to work. The first image is the last 24 hours track and her present position is 26° 44′ 00″ S 101° 12′ 53″ E. The last image has wave heights turned on.


Friday 25 May 2018 

Door ‘still open’ on new hunt for MH370, says Malaysia’s Anwar

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Anwar Ibrahim

Amanda Hodge, The Australian, 12:00 AM May 26, 2018

Malaysia’s prime minister-in-waiting, Anwar Ibrahim, has left open the door to a new search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 pending a complete ­investigation into a series of domestic failures that occurred on the night it went missing and in the weeks afterwards.

Mr Anwar told The Weekend Australian he would ensure his new government conducted a full review of internal documents related to Malaysian radar information on the missing plane’s movements, the failure of three separate monitoring systems — air traffic control, the air force and Malaysia Airlines — to quickly raise the alarm, and discrepancies in MH370’s cargo manifests.

“This is local information in which we can do further digging. Then perhaps we can reopen communications with the international bodies with our new information,” he said yesterday. “The radar could speak volumes. Was it a failure of the system? Was it a failure of those monitoring the system or was it an intention to ignore or cover up? To me, that is still to be ­determined.

“I am not ruling out further searches in the future depending on what these domestic investigations bring up.”

His comments come after Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook intimated that the current “no find, no fee” search by ocean survey company Ocean Infinity could be the final one for the plane, which went missing on March 8, 2014, 38 minutes into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

An earlier $200 million search of a 120,000sq km area of southern Indian Ocean — jointly funded by Australia, Malaysia and China — ended in January last year. The plane’s disappearance remains the world’s biggest aviation mystery.

Mr Loke told The Weekend Australian the new government had agreed to extend Ocean Infinity’s search to May 29 and would “decide later” on any further action. But, he added, “there would be no withholding of information” and a final report would be made public within three months.

In an open letter to Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) government, which won the election this month, relatives of MH370 passengers urged the new administration to be more transparent than its predecessor and release all relevant ­documents, such as the full cargo manifest. For several weeks after MH370 disappeared, Malaysian authorities refused to hand over the plane’s cargo manifest, fuelling theories the plane may have been taken over remotely to prevent sensitive cargo reaching ­Beijing. When they finally did, there were disparities relating to ­2.2 tonnes of cargo initially ­described as lithium batteries and then as “radio accessories and chargers”.

Mahathir Mohamad, the former Malaysian strongman who was sworn in as the country’s seventh Prime Minister this month, told The Australian in March that he believed the remote takeover theory was plausible.

Voice 370 has also called for a probe into possible tampering of MH370 records, or an “act of ­omission that may have impaired tracking, search, rescue and recovery”.

Mr Anwar said he believed there were “a lot of questionable decisions made, discrepancies in cargo and passenger lists”, as well as in the government’s initial ­assertion that the plane flew over the South China Sea. It changed its version only after Thai authorities revealed radar information showing MH370 flew over mainland Malaysia before heading ­towards the Indian Ocean. “They (the former government) have to explain why they had a different version. Clearly we need to look at such failures before we can have final closure,” he said. “I intend to call the Transport Minister … and ensure these things are being done. I believe the radar in the northeast can tell us more than what was clear then.

“The cargo was also important because what was described by authorities and what was in the cargo was totally different. We went through the list — which ­included mangosteens and technical equipment — but that equipment did not tally (when cross-referenced with the Penang factory that shipped it).”

Mr Anwar has given little credence to the theory the plane was hijacked by pilot Zaharie Shah, a member of his People’s Justice Party (PKR) that is one of four parties in the governing coalition. Although the two were distantly related by marriage — a daughter of one of Captain Zaharie’s cousins is married to Mr Anwar’s son — and had met a few times, they did not know each other.

Zaharie and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid were initially named by Malaysian authorities as suspects in the aircraft’s dis­appearance, and conspiracy theories quickly followed. One had the 53-year-old ditching the plane in despair at the end of his marriage, or at the end of a love affair with a married woman. Another suggested he was so enraged at Mr Anwar’s politically motivated second conviction for sodomy, given hours before MH370 was due to take off, that he hijacked his own plane to destabilise the government of Najib Razak.

Sivarasa Rasiah, Mr Anwar’s lawyer and a PKR MP who ­befriended Zaharie after he joined the party, told The Weekend Australian the pilot was not in court the evening Mr Anwar was convicted on a second trumped-up sodomy charge because his MH370 flight was scheduled to take off four hours later.

Mr Sivarasa does not believe the pilot murder-suicide theory and said it was a smokescreen for systemic failures in the hours and weeks after plane’s disappeared.

“The basic issue is two independent Malaysian agencies, air traffic control and the air force, failed that night. If you include MAS, then that’s three. How do you explain this? Where is the ­inquiry into this? If a military jet had been scrambled (at the first sign of the plane changing course), we would not be having this conversation. That’s why it’s so easy to believe there is much more to this than meets the eye.”

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25 May 2018: In the Media

Door ‘still open’ on new hunt for MH370, says Malaysia’s Anwar – theaustralian.com.au – 25 May 2018
Family slams Malaysia’s Transport Minister over MH370 ‘insult’ – airlineratings.com – 25 May 2018
MH370 search coming to an end’: Malaysian govt informs Pune resident – daijiworld.com – 25 May 2018
Search operations in final week’: Malaysian govt emails missing MH370 passenger’s husband in Pune – ibtimes.co.in – 25 May 2018
Former Malaysian Airlines execs believe MH370 may never be found – glocalnews.ca – 25 May 2018


Voice370 – Next of Kin

MH370: Dashed hopes – Narendran KS – Friday 25 May 2018
How quickly things change – Grace Nathan –  Friday 25 May 2018 mp3-1
I had high hopes – Diana Weeks – 24 May 2018


Friday 25 May 2018 

An update by Kevin Rupp 
Seabed Constructor has been working along the +22 NM boundary arc waiting for the seas to subside enough to begin recovering AUVs. Wave heights are still 5.9 meters ands thats to much for recovery efforts. Current position is 26° 57′ 12″ S 101° 02′ 20″ E


Thursday 24 May 2018

Some updates on the current search by Kevin Rupp 

#2: Seabed Constructor is in a weather hold with wave heights running 6.4 meters and may get worse. Her current position is 26° 48′ 16″ S 101° 02′ 17″ E. First image is the last 24 hours, the last image shows wave heights.

https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/999577594315137024

#1: Seabed Constructor has been deploying AUVs all day and that answers any questions about how they would handle the weather. Wave heights are picking up and are currently running 3.8 meters. Her location is right at the Site 4 northern boundary.


Thursday 24 May 2018

VOICE370: WE WANT AN AUDIENCE WITH TRANSPORT MINISTER

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The new Malaysian Transport Minister, Anthony Loke, says the search for missing flight MH370 will end on May 29.

Voice 370, a group representing the relatives of those aboard the flight, says they are “utterly shocked” and “disappointed” by that announcement.

Grace Nathan, spokesperson for Voice370 explains what’s next for the loved ones of the MH370 victims.

https://aod.rastream.com/bfm-integration/org-bfm/currentaffairs/2018-05-24-Ca-1.mp3

Download mp3

Source: bfm.my


Thursday 24 May 2018

Time for “closure” on MH370 says Malaysia’s Transport Minister

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Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook

Malaysia’s new Transport Minister has hinted strongly that there won’t be a further search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after it ends next week.

Anthony Loke has told South East Asia Correspondent Adam Harvey that after a four year search failed to find any trace of the missing Boeing triple-seven plane, it’s time to look for “closure”.

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Interview with Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook: 

http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/radio/local_sydney/audio/201805/ppm-2018-05-24-mh370-minister-iv.mp3

Download mp3

Duration: 2min 43sec
Broadcast: 

Source: abc.net.au

Voice370 – Next of Kin
MH370: Dashed hopes – Narendran KS – Friday 25 May 2018
How quickly things change – Grace Nathan –  Friday 25 May 2018 mp3-1
I had high hopes – Diana Weeks – 24 May 2018


Wednesday 23 May 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will review and possibly end its agreement with Ocean Infinity, a private U.S. firm searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday (May 23). The search will continue until 29 May 2018

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuZ54s7N406f-4_-oIaCoYRSqigE4KjNF

In the news
Dr M: We will review MH370 search contract – thestar.com.my – 23 May 2018
MH370 search to end next week: Malaysian minister
– afp.com – 23 May 2018
Malaysia says search for MH370 to end next week – washingtonpost.com – 23 May 2018
MH370: Search by private US firm will end next week, Malaysian Transport Minister says – abc.net.au – 23 May 2018
Malaysia says private search for missing flight MH370 to end next week – telegraph.co.uk – 23 May 2018
MH370 search to end next week: Malaysian minister – dailymail.co.uk – 23 May 2018
MH370 search to end on May 29 after four years – CNN – 23 May 2018
MH370 families demand answers over ‘mystery’ cargo – couriermail.com.au – 23 May 2018
MH370 families demand answers over ‘mystery’ cargo – news.com.au – 23 May 2018
Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators hit back at reports they ruled out MH370 ditching – news.com.au – 23 May 2018


Wednesday 23 May 2018

Here’s the 7 day Wave Height loop from Passage Weather for the Indian Ocean by Kevin Rupp @LabratSR. It’s going to be a rough couple days out there.

An animation of the last four days of AUV operations (19-23rd May) by Seabed Constructor in the southern Indian Ocean. Currently four AUVs in the water, by Richard Cole‏ @richard_e_cole


Tuesday 22 May 2018

An open letter to the New Malaysian Government from the MH370 families 

22May2018 An open letter to the New Malaysian Government from the MH370 families.


Tuesday 22 May 2018

 

Mappers look to chart world’s ocean floor by 2030

“The initiative has received support from Dutch deep-sea energy prospector Fugro, which was involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared in 2014. Fugro has contributed 65,000 square km of data. Ocean Infinity, which has taken up the search for MH370, is another company contributing to the 2030 initiative”. Read more >>

More info:


Tuesday 22 May 2018

Loke: I will bring MH370 and MH17 issues to cabinet tomorrow

https://youtu.be/lkOpOyKqimQ

Transport minister Anthony Loke said that MH370 and MH17 issues will be discussed in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning. He said these are the immediate issues that the ministry needed to re-look into and make decisions as soon as possible. Loke said this during a press conference after he clocked in as the new Transport Minister on Tuesday morning in Putrajya.


Tuesday 22 May 2018

#MH370 Operational Search Update #17 Period 14 May 2018 – 20 May 2018

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 17_English.pdf   |  Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018 | Alternative display & Downloads: overview of search reports  | Upcoming weather

Key Developments

  •  All available AUVs were launched for the search operation.
  •  Seabed Constructor has completed surveying Site 1 / Areas 01, 02 & 03, Site 2 /
    Areas 01, 02 & 03 and Site 3 / Areas 01 & 02 (grey shaded areas) depicted in diagram 2. They are currently surveying Site 4 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1 and diagram 3
  •  Total area covered as of 20 May 2018 within Site 1, Site 2 and Site 3 is 88,200 square
    kilometres and 8,000 square kilometres within Site 4.

Weather

  • Weather and sea conditions are forecasted to be moderate for the week ahead,
    however it is not expected to disrupt the search operations

Senate Estimates 22/05/18: ATSB MH370

Peter Foley and Greg Hood of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) answering questions at the Senates Estimates on 22 May 2018 about how the search for MH370 was conducted.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuZ54s7N406fevwEpWvoZ6kLQ0TAfWOMG

Transcript Senate Estimates 22/05/18: ATSB MH370 (Starting at the end of page 54 until the beginning of page 64)

Download: Transcript

Tuesday 22 May 2018: In the news 
MH370: ATSB defends its investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines plane – perthnow.com.au – 22 May 2018 (Watch parliament)

Australia investigators defend MH370 out-of-control scenario – financialexpress.com – 22 May 2018
MH370: Australian official rejects theory that pilot ditched aircraft –  theguardian.com – 22 May 2018
Australian investigators defend MH370 conclusions – smh.com.au – 22 May 2018
Official denies claim that rogue pilot crashed Flight MH370 – nypost.com – 22 May 2018
MH370 not deliberately crashed by pilot, say investigators  – bbc.co.uk – 22 May 2018
Investigators insist MH370 crash was an accident, not a mass murder-suicide by the pilot – washingtonpost.com – 22 May 2018


Tuesday 22 May 2018

Some updates by Kevin Rupp  on Seabed Constructors current position

#2: Seabed Constructor has continued to work this northern part of Site 4. Her current position is 27° 05′ 58″ S 100° 47′ 32″ E. The wave heights are 2.6 meters right now.

#1: Seabed Constructor has been working from one boundary to the other and back. Her current position is 27° 12′ 08″ S 100° 34′ 36″ E and she is about 48 nautical miles from the Site 4 northern boundary. Wave heights are now 2.7 meters.


Monday 21 May 2018

Malaysia PM Mahathir’s Cabinet: Who are the ministers

Malaysia’s 13 Cabinet ministers were sworn in on Monday (May 21), making up half of the 25-member team that Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has envisioned.

The list, first announced last Friday (May 18), was drawn from all four parties – Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Amanah Negara – in Dr Mahathir’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. A Foreign Minister, however, has yet to be named.

Here are the profiles of the 13 ministers sworn in on Monday 21 May 2018.


Sunday 20 May 2018

#MH370: Looking back into Area 25S 101E (Batavia/HAI XUN 01’s 37.5 kHz Ping Detection’s) – by Bookofresearch – 27 July 2016  (Document prepared for research purpose) | interactive map http://tinyurl.com/DebrisMapMH370 

As Seabed Constructor is closing in on the area 25S 101E (current position at  -27.3547222°, 100.7869444°), let’s hope there will be enough time left for them to check it out.

25S 101E HAI XUN 01 37.5 kHz acoustic signals

Area 25S 101E (HAI XUN 01 37.5 kHz acoustic signals)


In the news

Aboriginal settlement revealed by MH370-search technology proves large-scale migration ‘was no accident’ but the work of ‘skilled maritime explorers’ dailymail.co.uk – 20 May 2018


Saturday 19 May 2018

An update by Kevin Rupp  on the current search

And a take on Seabed Constructor’s activities over the last few days (14-19 May 2018) in the search by Richard Cole @richard_e_cole; The predicted AUV tracks are consistent with the ship’s movements and the AUV expected speed of 6.5kph. Gives an impression of how the ground is being covered.


Saturday 19 May 2018

New Minister of Transport as of 21 May 2018: Anthony Loke Siew Fook 

https://twitter.com/MOTMalaysia/status/997751594576838657

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 Anthony Loke Siew Fook  (born 28 April 1977) is a Malaysian politician and serves in the Cabinet of Malaysia as Minister of Transport from 21 May 2018. He is the Member of Parliament of Malaysia for Seremban, and a senior official in the Democratic Action Party (DAP). He is also the Member of the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly for Chennah, and acts as the leader of the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition in that chamber.

In the first Cabinet following Pakatan Harapan’s victory in 2018 election, he was announced as the new Minister of Transport by Prime Minister. He was among the first of 14 Cabinet ministers. He will be sworn in on 21 May 2018 at Istana Negara.

More info Anthony Loke Siew Fook | Twitter @anthonyloke | Blog Loke’s official blog | Facebook Loke Siew Fook | Instagram Loke Siew Fook  

New transport minister Loke wants closure on MH370New transport minister Loke wants closure on MH370 – malaysiakini.com – 19 May 2018
Anthony Loke named minister of transport
– malaymail.com – 18 May 2018
Dr M names nine more ministers, making initial cabinet line-up of 14
– Bernama.com – 18 May 2018


Solving MH370 issue, road safety main focus of new Transport Minister

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Anthony Loke Siew Fook

SEREMBAN:  Negeri Sembilan DAP Chairman Anthony Loke Siew Fook is surprised on his appointment as Transport Minister in Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Cabinet.

Loke, who is Seremban Member of Parliament and also Chennah State Assemblyman, said the appointment was a big responsibility especially to solve the issue involving the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and also on road safety.

“I would like to thank to the party leadership and also the Prime Minister for their trust in appointing me as the Minister of Transport (MOT). I know it is a big responsibility not only for land transport, not only the Road Transport Department (RTD) but also aviation, maritime, ports and so on but the ministry is very important to facilitate economic growth.

“I also have to look into many things… many issues (such as)  road safety, competitiveness of our ports and of course a major issue for the ministry which is to continue searching for MH370. I​​​​​ hope during my tenure, we  can reach a closure of the MH370 issue. This I think is very important not only for family members but also the aviation industry. I really hope that in the coming months or years, we can close this tragedy,” he told reporters here, today.

The Prime Minister yesterday announced Loke, who is also the DAP national organising secretary, as the Minister of Transport.

The Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard vanished during its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March  8, 2014. Efforts to find the aircraft have so far proved futile.

Commenting further, Loke said in order to fulfil the vision, he had already asked the Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim to give him a comprehensive briefing about MOT on Tuesday.

“I told the KSU that I want to go to the ground immediately, (because) there are many issues that we need to deal with and of course the major thing I want to see is that MOT must take the initiative to ensure road safety especially now is Muslim the month of Ramadan and soon, the time for the rush back to kampung will begin and every year we saw a lot of accident happening.

“This is one issue that we want to tackle…we want to reduce road accidents, ensure the roads are safe for everyone and road safety is my top agenda,” he added.

With 10 years in Parliament, Loke said the experience helped him a lot to better understand the functions of the government.

“Of course I don’t know everything but I am here to learn. As a new minister, i adopt an open mind (and) I will learn and of course I need the support from the civil servants,” he said.  – Bernama

Sources: Bernama.comtheborneopost.com | thestar.com.my | freemalaysiatoday.com


Thursday 17 + Friday 18 May 2018

(News reports related to Australia’s 60 Minutes episode about MH370 on Sunday 13 May 2018 (watch it back here)

60 Minutes Australia program on MH370 faces criticism – thewest.com.au – 18 May 2018
MH370: Australian search defended after 60 minutes critisism
  – airlineratings.com – 18 May 2018
“Bombshell” TV Program on Malaysia 370 Fueled by Alternative Facts –  christinenegroni.com – 17 May 2018
Transport Bureau face senate botched MH370 search
– dailymail.co.uk – 17 May 2018
Was search for MH370 in the wrong place? Senate to grill Aussie Transport Safety Bureau – freemalaysiatoday.com – 17 May 2018
Sixty Minutes Australia Story on MH370 is a Sensation – mh370.radiantphysics.com – 16 May 2018
Australian Transport Safety Bureau faces grilling over failed $200m search for MH370 – theaustralian.com.au – 16 May 2018


Wednesday 16 May 2018

In the news
Seven other Malaysian Cabinet ministers to be named soon – currently “work in progress” – is expected to be done soon now that all the Pakatan Harapan parties have submitted their list of names – straitstimes.com – 16 May 2018 (see list)


Wednesday 16 May 2018

An evening update by Richard Cole‏ @richard_e_cole on the current search

A morning update on the current search by Kevin Rupp   

https://www.facebook.com/MH370NewsandInfo/posts/822020957984319


Tuesday 15 May 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update #16 Period 7 May 2018 – 13 May 2018 

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 16_English.pdf    |  Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018 | Alternative display & Downloads: overview of search reports  | Upcoming weather

Key Developments

  •  Seabed Constructor arrived at Site 3 of the search area on Monday, 7 May 2018. Upon arrival, the vessel commenced surveying Site 3/Area 02.
  •  All available AUVs were launched for the search operation.
  •  Seabed Constructor has completed surveying Site 1 / Areas 01, 02 & 03 and Site 2 / Areas 01, 02 & 03 (grey shaded area) depicted in diagram 2. They are currently surveying Site 3 / Area 02 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1 and diagram 3.
  •  Total area covered as of 13 May 2018 within Site 1 and Site 2 is 53,000 square kilometres and 33,000 square kilometres within Site 3.

Weather

  •  Weather and sea conditions are forecasted to be moderate for the week ahead, however it is not expected to disrupt the search operations

Just for the record


Monday 14 May 2018

Consideration of various aspects in a drift study of MH370 debris

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An interesting drift study by Oleksandr Nesterov for the area Seabed constructor is searching right now (28S), from EGU: Ocean Sci. Discuss., Manuscript under review for journal Ocean Sci. Discussion started: 4 December 2017.

Six particles that were released at 99.09°E, 28.84°S all ended up where the flaperon was found at la reunion. According the report the obtained results indicate the likelihood of the crash site to be located between 25.5°S and 30.5°S latitudes, with the segment from 28°S to 30°S being the most promising.

Download: https://www.ocean-sci-discuss.net/os-2017-80/os-2017-80.pdf |Abstract https://www.ocean-sci-discuss.net/os-2017-80/



In the News Sunday 13 + Monday 14 + Tuesday 15 May 2018

News reports after Australia’s 60 Minutes episode about MH370 on Sunday 13 May 2018
(watch it back here)

Chilling MH370 discovery about how pilot flew undetected, according to aviation experts – news.com.au – 13 May 2018
Final moments of MH370 flight revealed by aviation experts – dailymail.com – 13 May 2018
Aviation expert declares ‘it’s not necessary’ to continue search for MH370 – 9news.com.au – 13 May 2018
Expert panel reveals true fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 – 9news.com.au – 13 May 2018
60 Minutes Australia says MH370 was a planned act by pilot – airlive.net – 13 May 2018
What the 60 Minutes report into MH370 didn’t tell us – themercury.com.au – 14 May 2018
MH370 experts think they’ve finally solved the mystery of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight – washingtonpost.com – 14 may 2018
Kiwi sister of MH370 victim says new claims bring no comfort – newshub.co.nz – 14 May 2018
Experts think they’ve finally solved mystery of disappeared Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 – uk.news.yahoo.com – 14 May 2018
MH370 Captain Zaharie Shah ‘Planned Deliberate Murder-Suicide Mission’ – huffingtonpost.co.uk – 14 May 2018
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash was deliberate, aviation experts suggest – cbsnews.com – 14 May 2018
Why No Woman’s Voice in MH370 Discussion? – christinenegroni.com – 14 May 2018
MH370 experts think they’ve finally solved the mystery of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight – chicagotribune.com – 14 May 2018
Pilot accuses Australian government complicit mass murder MH370 – dailymail.co.uk – 15 May 2018 (source: theaustralian.com.au > paywall)
Paul Weeks’ sister says MH370 theories ‘all assumption and supposition and opinion’ – stuff.co.nz – 15 May 2018


Sunday 13 May 2018

Where is MH370 and what brought it down? | Tonight on 8.30 at 60 Minutes Australia 

Watch back (full episode)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm1j1fpldkc

239 passengers and crew disappeared with flight MH370. 8.30 TONIGHT | The victims’ families continue their fight for answers. In a ground breaking , revelations the whole world has been waiting for.

On Sunday 60 Minutes turns its attention to missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, bringing together aviation experts to re-examine evidence.

Where is Malaysia Airlines flight MH370?

For the last 1528 days that has been the constantly asked question which so far has no answer.

On a special edition of 60 Minutes this Sunday night, Tara Brown investigates what is now the world’s most confounding aviation disaster. What happened to the Boeing 777 airliner carrying 239 passengers and crew that vanished on March 8, 2014?

With the latest search for the plane in the remote southern Indian Ocean winding down, 60 Minutes brings together five leading aviation experts from around the globe:

  •  Martin Dolan, Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau when MH370 vanished
  •  Larry Vance, former Senior Investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada
  •  Captain Simon Hardy, Boeing 777 specialist pilot and instructor
  •  Captain John Cox, renowned aviation safety expert, pilot, instructor and test pilot
  •  Charitha Pattiaratchi, Professor of Coastal Oceanography at the University of Western Australia

Their task is to re-examine the known evidence, re-test the myriad theories about MH370’s mysterious disappearance, find what might have been overlooked, and contemplate the unthinkable: that instead of a catastrophic equipment failure that turned MH370 into a ghost flight, this disaster was a deliberate act of sabotage and murder carried out by the pilot in command, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah.

And if sabotage is the case, what implications would that frightening scenario hold?

Can 60 Minutes’ team of aviation specialists pinpoint vital new data which finally unlocks the secret to locating Malaysia Airlines MH370? Find out this Sunday night, only on 60 Minutes.

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Gareth Harvey, Garry McNab, Joel Tozer

8:30pm Sunday on Nine.


Saturday 12 May 2018

Nufam to seek probe on Boeing purchases

The flight attendants’ union will also ask the new government to set up an RCI on MH370.

PETALING JAYA: The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) will ask the government to investigate suspicions of hanky panky in the purchase of Boeing planes by Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB).

The union said in a media statement that it raised questions on the matter with the previous government but did not get a response.

The call for the probe would be included in a list of requests to be submitted to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s office in the next few days, it added.

Last September, then prime minister Najib Razak told US President Donald Trump in Washington that MAB would buy 25 Boeing 737 jets and eight of the firm’s 787 Dreamliners. Twenty-five more 737s were slated for purchase in the near future.

Nufam said the purchases would cost nearly RM50 billion and alleged that MAB did not have the funds. It is keen to find out whether the money would come from MAB parent Khazanah Nasional and whether it will use any portion of the RM6 billion the government disbursed to finance the retrenchment of the airline’s workers in 2015.

Another item in Nufam’s list of requests is a call for the establishment of a royal commission to investigate the 2014 disappearance of Flight MH370. The Boeing 777-200ER, with 239 people on board, went missing en route to Beijing from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Nufam’s statement noted that there had yet to be a report explaining what happened to the plane.

“We believe that under Tun Mahathir’s new administration many things can be revealed to the public,” it said.

The statement also urged the government to ensure that the new transport minister would be a person with good knowledge of the aviation industry.

“He must be seen capable to manage the legacy problems of the national carrier and to help resolve some of the outstanding issues raised by the union,” it said.

It also said Nufam was confident that the Mahathir administration could improve current aviation laws.

Source: freemalaysiatoday.com , msn.com ,


Saturday 12 May 2018

https://www.facebook.com/MH370NewsandInfo/posts/820263734826708


Wednesday 9 May 2018

G14 Election Malaysia

GE14 | Malaysiakini‘s election coverage is now available on its LIVE RESULTS page. Click here to access the LIVE RESULTS page.
GE14 | TheStar election coverage
GE14 | MalaysiaToday election coverage

At 9.45pm: Two ministers, four deputies defeated ; Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, involved in the MH370 search is one of them. Liow was defeated by DAP’s Wong Tack in Bentong

More updates ..


Wednesday 9 May 2018

Seven storeys high: Record monster wave in Southern Ocean

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image source: Nzherald.co.nz

A 23.8m high monster wave has been detected in the Southern Ocean by a buoy operated by science-based consultancy , and recently deployed near sub-antarctic Campbell Island by .

Read more:   https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12048176

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https://twitter.com/nznavy/status/994112797628747776


Tuesday 8 May 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update #15 Period 30 April 2018 – 6 May 2018

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 15_English.pdf    |  Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018 | Alternative display & Downloads: overview of search reports  | Upcoming weather

Key Developments

  •  Seabed Constructor arrived alongside port on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 and managed a
    quick turnaround, she departed Fremantle on 2 May 2018 and expected to arrive at Site 3 search area, on Monday, 7 May 2018.
  •  Seabed Constructor has completed surveying Site 1 / Areas 01, 02 & 03 and Site 2 /
    Areas 01, 02 & 03 (shaded area) depicted in diagram 2. They have since moved on to
    Site 3 / Area 01 and Area 02 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1 and diagram 3.
  • Total area covered as of 6 May 2018 within Site 1 and Site 2 is 53,000 square kilometres and 23,500 square kilometres within Site 3, the additional search area reported covered since the departure of Seabed Constructor from the search area on 28 April 2018 is due to additional verified processed data being made available
    during the vessel’s transit to Fremantle port.

Weather

  •  Weather and sea conditions are generally forecasted to be good for the week ahead.

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Morning update by Kevin Rupp‏    
As expected, Seabed Constructor has moved farther up arc and begun deploying again. The deployments have covered about 37 NM of the arc since returning from port. The weather continues to cooperate.


Monday 7 May 2018

In the News
MH370: Search resumes, hopes high – airlineratings.com


Saturday 5 May 2018

Seabed Constructor is back in the search area.
Follow Kevin Rupp‏’s  updates on Twitter.


Wednesday 2 May 2018

Seabed Constructor has left the port of Fremantle and is on her way back to the search area.

In the news
MH370: US team extends mission after failing to find plane in initial search zone – TheGuardian – 2 May 2018
19th Century shipwrecks found during search for MH370  – Western Australian Museum – 3 May 2018   
MH370 search reveals clues to 19th century shipwreck mysteries – TheGuardian – 3 May 2018


Tuesday 1 May 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update #14 Period 23 April 2018 – 29 April 2018

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 14_English.pdf    |  Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018 | Alternative display & Downloads: overview of search reports  | Upcoming weather

Key Developments

  • All available AUVs were launched for the search operation.
  • Seabed Constructor has completed surveying Site 1 / Areas 01, 02 & 03 and Site 2 / Areas 01, 02 & 03 (shaded area) depicted in diagram 2. They have since moved on to Site 3 / Area 01 and Area 02 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1 and diagram 3.
  • Total area covered within Site 1 and Site 2 is 53,000 square kilometers and 20,000 square kilometers within Site 3, this includes additional areas along the Northern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 and the Southern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 (grey shaded areas depicted in diagram 2 outside the indicative search area).
  • Seabed Constructor departed the search area on Saturday, 28 April 2018 for Fremantle Port for a scheduled port call to facilitate crew change, refueling and resupplies. The vessel is scheduled to arrive alongside port on 1 May 2018
  • Weather and sea conditions are generally forecasted to be good.

In the news
No sign of MH370 found in new scan of Indian Ocean floor
– APNews – 1 May 2018
No Sign of MH370 Found in New Scan of Indian Ocean Floor – Bloomberg.com – 1 May 2018
MH370 hunt to make final push as weather window closes – Flightglobal.com – 1 May 2018
MH370 mystery: Scan of Indian Ocean reveals plane is NOT on sea bed – so WHERE is it? – Express.co.uk – 1 May 2018


Update: Seabed Constructor has arrived in Henderson & departure time back to the search area has changed again

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Arrival to port

Seabed Constructor has arrived in Henderson on 2 May 2018 at 12:10 local time  for a technical crew change, refueling and resupplies before heading back to the search area.

According the Voyager Port Management system Seabed Constructors departure time has changed again and she is now planned to depart back to the search area on 2 May 2018 at 10:00 03:00 local time.

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Departure to search area


Tuesday 1 May 2018

Channel 5: Missing Flight #MH370: Inside the Situation Room.

Tuesday night on #Channel5 @ 10pm UK time.

Channel 5 MH370 inside the situation room

S1E1: Senior officials on the front line – including the Malaysian prime minister, defence minister, and the head of Malaysia Airlines – reveal what happened behind closed doors in the situation room as the disaster of the Malaysia Airlines aeroplane unfolded, following its reported disappearance on March 8, 2014. None of them have hitherto given their personal accounts of the challenges faced and their emotional responses to the unfolding crisis.

Tuesday night on #Channel5 @ 10pm UK time. http://www.channel5.com/show/mh370-inside-the-situation-room  | Will be available on MY5.tv https://www.my5.tv/ (You must be located in the British Isles to view this content)  

Watch it back here: 

https://youtu.be/laeVvSR-nPw


Drone video of Seabed Constructor’s first visit to port in January 2018


Monday 30 April 2018

MH370: UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370

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Ocean Infinity, the technology company specializing in collecting high resolution seabed data, is today providing an update on its ongoing search for the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines MH370.

Seabed Constructor will shortly arrive in the Port of Fremantle for resupply and crew rotation.  After a brief stop it will head straight back to site for a final phase before the weather limits Ocean Infinity’s ability to continue working this year.

Since operations commenced at the end of January 2018, the Ocean Infinity team has searched nearly 80,000 km², covering up to 1,300 km² per day.

Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity’s CEO, said:

“As the team head in to port after another six weeks’ hard work, I am pleased to say our technology has performed exceptionally well throughout the search and that we have collected significant amounts of high quality data in which we have full confidence. The results from the highly challenging Broken Ridge feature are particularly impressive.

Whilst it’s disappointing there has been no sign of MH370 in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau search area and further north, there is still some search time remaining.  Everyone at Ocean Infinity remains absolutely determined for the remainder of the search.”

https://oceaninfinity.com/update-search-missing-malaysian-airlines-flight-mh370/


Sunday 29 April 2018

Update: Seabed Constructors arrival time in Fremantle has changed again

Seabed Constructor has left the search area yesterday and is on it’s way to Fremantle,  Perth for a technical crew change, refueling and resupplies before heading back to the search area.

According the Voyager Port Management system Seabed Constructor is now planned to arrive at Aus Marine Complex 4 on 1 May 2018 at 12:00 11:00 local time and will depart back to the search area on 1 May 2018 2 May 2018 at 19:00 10:00 local time.

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Saturday 28 April 2018

Update: Seabed Constructor has left the search area 

Seabed Constructor has left the search area and is now on it’s way to Perth for a technical crew change, refueling and resupplies before heading back to the search area.

UPDATED: According the Voyager Port Management system Seabed Constructor is planned to arrive at Aus Marine Complex 4 on 1 May 2018 at 04:00 12:00 local time and will depart back to the search area on 1 May 2018 2 May 2018 at 19:00 10:00 local time.

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Friday 27 April 2018

Observations in Seabed Constructor’s recent movements  

https://twitter.com/Ventus_45/status/989691953276047361/photo/1

Observations in Seabed Constructor’s recent movements and long stop, similar to earlier this month when on ROV missions some points of interest (POI’s) where discovered (later determined to be geological) and to when AUV’s were recovered, have sparked some conversation on Twitter overnight. According Victor Lanello from IG, ‘this is potentially very good news, the site corresponds to where floating debris was found on March 29, 2014 , but he adds ‘We’ve been disappointed in the past. I feel obligated to say that this might not be , so be prepared’.  ‘It’s also on the YWKS waypoint route’ someone comments . Yes, there are good reasons to be very interested in the activity. We should know soon whether this is good news or another disappointment, Victor Lanello replies. See the full conversation here

On Victor Lanello’s blog, Mike Exner, also from IG comments; Folks, the speculation about ROV missions is probably misplaced. According to my information, SC started using a new, more efficient search strategy recently. They are not deploying ROVs every time they stop. Now, after they launch a group of AUVs on lines orthogonal to the arc, going back and forth for ~60 hrs, they hang out on the arc and communicate with them as they pass under/near the position. At least that is what it looks like to me.

Richard Godfrey, also an IG member replies SC is in a waiting position close to the POI where a ROV was launched for 8 hours yesterday. This location is marked ROV3 on the following graphic at 29.8083°S 98.4818°E. There have been no new AUV deployments since and SC has not moved further north. https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ly4xb3uu559l46/SC%20Track%2027042018.pdf?dl=0
Today SC has run a circular path 67 m in diameter, where AUV72 was launched. https://www.dropbox.com/s/od5oxixy2pkrztg/SC%20Track%2027042018%20Ring.png?dl=0  . And, he replies You stated “Folks, the speculation about ROV missions is probably misplaced.” Don Thompson (also of IG) kindly provided the depth at the position of the latest ROV deployment. The depth of 2,813 m would mean that the ROV would reach the sea floor at around 13:04 UTC, if the winch was started as soon as SC was stationary at 11:30 UTC. Of course, the winch might well have started a short time later and the winch speed vary from 0.5 m/sec. The actual time SC started to move following the ROV reaching the sea floor was around 12:50 UTC. The timing of the ROV reaching the sea floor broadly fits the SC movements. So it would appear that a ROV deployment took place all the way to the sea floor and not some hovering at the surface. It is also clear that the ROV deployment searched a larger area than usual, with SC moving around an area 70 m x 70 m during 8h. During previous ROV tests, SC did not move more than 24 m x 24 m in 5h. ( …. Follow the rest of the conversation here)


Update on Seabed Constructors arrival and departure from port

UPDATED: According the Voyager Port Management system Seabed Constructor is now planned to arrive at Aus Marine Complex 4 on 1 May 2018 at 06:00 04:00 local time and will depart back to the search area on 4 May 2018 at 8:00 1 May 2018 at 19:00 local time.

So instead of three days, Seabed Constructors time on port for a technical crew change, refueling and resupplies will be just 15 hours before heading back to the search area.

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https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/989672348461780993


Thursday 26 April 2018

UPDATED: According the Voyager Port Management system Seabed Constructor is planned to arrive at Aus Marine Complex 4 on 2 May 2018 at 06:00  1 May 2018 at 06:00 local time and will depart back to the search area on 4 May 2018 at 8:00 local time.

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https://twitter.com/Ventus_45/status/989357602432667648


Thursday 26 April 2018

In the news

MH370 searchers head back to port – airlineratings.com – 26 April 2018

Tuesday 24 April 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update #13 Period 16 April 2018 – 22 April 2018

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 13_English .pdf  |  Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018 | Upcoming weather

Key Developments

  • All available AUVs were launched for the search operation.
  • Seabed Constructor  has completed surveying Site 1 / Areas 01, 02 & 03 and Site 2 /Areas 01, 02 & 03 (shaded area) depicted in diagram 2. They have since moved on to Site 3 / Area 01 and Area 02 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1 and diagram 3.
  • Seabed Constructor is expected to depart the search area for Freemantle later this week for a technical crew change, refueling and resupplies.
  • Total area covered within Site 1 and Site 2 is 53,000 square kilometres and 11,500 square kilometres within Site 3, this includes additional areas along the Northern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 and the Southern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 (grey shaded areas depicted in diagram 2 outside the indicative search area).
  • Weather and sea condition are favorable for the search operations except on 21st
    April and 22nd April 2018, when marginal weather conditions were encountered.
Weather
  • Weather and sea conditions are generally forecasted to be good till 27th April.

Friday 20 April 2018

According the Voyager Port Management system Seabed Constructor is planned to arrive at Aus Marine Complex 4 on 2 May 2018 at 06:00 local time and will depart back to the search area on 4 May 2018 at 8:00 local time.

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Tuesday 17 April 2018

MH370 OPERATIONAL SEARCH UPDATE #12 Period: 9 APRIL 2018 – 15 APRIL 2018

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 12_English .pdf   |  Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018 | Upcoming weather

Key Developments

  • All available AUVs were launched for the search operation.
  • Seabed Constructor has completed surveying Site 1 / Areas 01, 02 & 03  and Site 2 /Areas 01, 02 & 03 (shaded area) depicted in diagram 2 and diagram 3. They have since moved on to Site 3 / Area 01 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1
  • Two Point of Interest, (POI) 13 & 14 had been identified during the AUVs missions and ROV (KD31) was deployed for further investigation. Upon detailed survey by the ROV, it was determined to be geological in nature
Weather
  • Weather and sea conditions are generally forecasted to be good but some marginal weather expected from Tuesday onwards. However, it is not expected to impact the search operation.

Wednesday 11 April 2018

https://twitter.com/RadiantPhysics/status/984092233761771520


Tuesday 10 April 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update #11  Period: 2 April 2018 – 8 April 2018

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 11_English.pdf  | Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018

Key developments

  •  All available AUVs were launched for the search operation.
  • Seabed Constructor completed surveying Site 1 / Areas 01, 02 & 03 (shaded area) depicted in diagram 2. They have since moved on to Site 2 / Areas 02 & 03 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1.
  • Total area covered in Site 1 is 38,214 square kilometres includes additional areas along the Northern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 and the Southern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 (grey shaded areas depicted in diagram 2 outside the indicative search area).
  • Total area covered in Site 2 as of 8 April 2018 is 7,500 square kilometres. Seabed Constructor completed surveying Site 2 / Area 01, depicted in diagram 3.3
  • One Point of Interest (POI) had been identified from the AUVs missions and ROV (KD31) was deployed for further investigation. Upon detailed survey by the ROV, it was determined to be geological.
  • Weather and sea conditions predicted to build slightly on 12 April 2018.

Saturday 7 April 2018

In the search for MH370, Ocean Infinity’s Seabed Constructor is now north of Broken Ridge making good progress in the relatively shallow water. The coverage rate is expected to increase over the coming weeks. Violet arcs are at ±22nm from the 18390µs 20kft 7th reference arc, says Mike Exner on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/Airlandseaman/status/982709495687069696


Wednesday 4 April 2018

In the news
MH370 search moved into $US70 million territory  – airlineratings.com – 4 April 2018


Tuesday 3 April 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update #10 Period 26 MARCH –1 APRIL 2018

Download:  MH370 Search Weekly Report 10_English.pdf | Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018

Key developments

  • Seabed Constructor  departed Fremantle port on 23 March 2018 and arrived the search area on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. On arrival, weather and sea conditions being favorable, Seabed Constructor   commenced surveying the Southern Leg of Site 1 / Area 02.
  • All available AUVs were launched for the search operation.
  • Seabed Constructor  completed surveying the Northern Leg of Site 1 / Areas 01, 02 &03 and Southern Leg of Site 1 / Areas 01 & 02 (shaded area) depicted in diagram 2.They have since moved on to Site 1 / Area 3 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1
  • Total area covered as of 1 April 2018 is 37,000 square kilometers.
  •  The total area covered includes additional areas along the Northern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 and the Southern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 (grey shaded areas depicted in diagram 2 outside the indicative search area).
  • The Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone ‘Marcus’ which had transited the search area the previous week, has since dissipated.
  • No significant contacts have been identified to date.

    Weather

  • Favorable weather and sea conditions are forecasted for the week ahead

In the news
Broadcasters in Australia, France and the UK have pre-bought a documentary about the missing Malaysian Airlines passenger jet : Nine Network in Australia, RMC Découverte in France and Channel 5 in the UK will air MH370: Inside the Situation Room (1×60′) following deals with UK indie producer and distributor Silverlining. The doc is produced by UK indie Knickerbockerglory and features exclusive access to the key people who, four years ago, were at the forefront of the crisis when a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet disappeared. – www.c21media.net – 3 April 2018


Monday 2 April 2018

In the news:
Malaysia outlaws ‘fake news’; sets jail of up to six years – ca.news.yahoo.com – 2 April 2018


Friday 30 March 2018

Richard Cole‏ (@richard_e_cole has created a 3rd animation of his interpretation of the activities of Seabed Constructor in its 3rd swing in the area. It has completed a rescan of a data-gap in the southern sector and now finishing up the far north. Unless he  has missed an AUV launch, mission still has a day to go, he says.

https://twitter.com/richard_e_cole/status/979732270226558976


Tuesday 27 March 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update #9  Period 19 – 25 March 2018

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 9_English .pdf | Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018

https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/978679297480249346

Key developments

  • Seabed Constructor has completed surveying the Northern Leg of Site 1/Areas 01, 02 & 03 (shaded area) depicted in diagram 2 and continued surveying the Southern Leg of Site 1/Area 02 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1.
  • Total area covered as of 25 March 2018 is 33,000 square kilometres, the additional search area reported covered since the departure of Seabed Constructor from the search area on 18 March 2018 is due to additional verified processed data being made available during the vessel’s transit to Fremantle port.
  • The total area covered includes additional areas along the Northern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 and the Southern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 (grey shaded areas depicted in diagram 2 outside the indicative search area).
  • Seabed Constructor arrived alongside port on Thursday, 22 March 2018 and managed a quick turnaround, she departed Fremantle during the early hours of 23 March 2018 and expected to arrive the search area on Tuesday, 27 March 2018.
  • No significant contacts have been identified to date.

Weather

  • A Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone ‘Marcus’ had transited through the search area over the past week, and it’s anticipated to impact the coming week’s search operations. Seabed Constructor is expected to remain on weather standby on arrival until weather and sea conditions improve.

Monday 26 March 2018

Seabed Constructor is back at the search area

https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/978195133484228608

26032018Since Seabed Constructor has left Freemantle on 22/03/2018 01:51 to return to the search area,  Voyager Management System  has Seabed Constructor filed under completed movements with Freemantle registered as last port and Durban registered as next port.

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In the news
MH370 plunges in North Sumatra?  –  Malaysian JournalistGazette – March 26, 2018


Sunday 25 March 2018

Richard Cole‏ (@richard_e_cole has put together a second 2-minute animation of the activities of Seabed Constructor and its AUVs in the search area, this time for the first part of its second swing. The animation rate is a bit higher this time, to keep the same length. He has zipped the two mp4 animations of Seabed Constructor’s operations in the MH370 search area into this file

https://twitter.com/richard_e_cole/status/977965179479756800

https://twitter.com/richard_e_cole/status/977965582099378176


Saturday 24 March 2018

Night time update Kevin Rupp ();.
Tropical Cyclone Marcus has been dissipating all day and has weakened significantly. Seabed Constructor is now about 35 hours (at 12 knots) from the Secondary/Tertiary boundary.

https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/977688451758874624


Friday 23 March 2018

A quick update by Kevin Rupp ();
Seabed Constructor dropped down to 34 South and turned west in a move clearly designed to avoid TC Marcus and take her to the Secondary/Tertiary border.

https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/977274252461297664


Friday 23 March 2018 – In the news:


Thursday 22 March 2018

A quick update by Kevin Rupp ();
Seabed Constructor is currently being refueled by the tanker. She is due to depart at 11:00pm local time.

https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/976747176901660673


Wednesday 21 March 2018

Tropical Cyclone Marcus set to curve around the WA coast towards Perth 

ide00135-201803210630Forecasters say a severe tropical cyclone set to curve around the WA coast towards Perth is the strongest of the season.

Tropical Cyclone Marcus has strengthened into a category five system 950 kilometres northwest of Port Hedland and is tracking west, well away from the WA mainland.

21March2018 Tropical Cyclone MarcusIt now has the strongest category rating possible for a cyclone and is generating winds of 205 kilometres per hour, with gusts of up to 285kph.

It is expected to remain at that level or possibly strengthen even further until Thursday, when it should start weakening and moving south along the coast. It is then expected to turn east towards Perth on the weekend.

abc.net.au – 21 March 2018

More info
Current Tropical Cyclones – bom.gov.au | Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/976258234368647168


Tuesday 20 March 2018

MH370 OPERATIONAL SEARCH UPDATE #8 Period 12 – 18 MARCH 2018

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 8_english.pdf  | Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018

https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/978646354904997889

Key developments

  • All available AUVs were launched for the search operation.
  • The vessel has completed surveying Northern Leg Area of Site 1/Areas 01, 02 & 03  (shaded area) depicted in diagram 2 and continued surveying Southern Leg of Site1/Area 02 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1
  • Weather and sea conditions were favorable for the search operations and Seabed Constructor made good progress over the past week. Total area covered as of 18 March 2018 is 29,500 square kilometers.
  • The total area covered includes additional areas along the Northern Leg of Site 1 /Area 1 and the Southern Leg of Site 1 / Area 1 (grey shaded areas depicted in diagram 2 outside the indicative search area).
  • Seabed Constructor  had successfully recovered the damaged ROV that had been ‘wet stored’.
  • Seabed Constructor  departed the search area on Sunday, 18 March 2018 for Fremantle port for a scheduled port call to facilitate technical crew change, refueling and resupplies.
  • No significant contacts have been identified to date.
  • Favorable weather and sea conditions are forecasted for the week ahead and Seabed Constructor is expected to arrive alongside port on Thursday, 22 March 2018

Tuesday 20 March 2017

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Search area showing the track of Seabed Constructor and its AUVs. Source Richard Cole.

Seabed Constructor has left the MH370 search area on March 18 at 05:00 UTC.
The ship has completed the second of a planned four searches and is heading to Henderson’s Aus Marine Complex 4 for resupply and a crew change. Seabed Constructor is due on March 22 at 04:00 local time and is expected to head back to the search area on March 22 at 18:00 local time.

A weekly report about Seabed Constructor’s activities of the past week is expected to be posted today at MH370 Official Site  – Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018  and/or by Ocean Infinity MH370

More on this topic:
MH370 search ship returns to port for resupply – airlineratings.com – 20 March 2018
MH370 search update March 18 2018 – mh370.radiantphysics.com – 18 March 2018


Monday 19 March 2018

Media Statement:MH370 Found on Google Earth‘ dismissed by officials

19March2018 Media Statement

CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF MALAYSIA (CAAM) NO.27, PERSIARAN PERDANA, PRECINT 4, 62618 PUTRAJAYA

Monday, 19 March 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA STATEMENT BY YBHG.DATO’ SRI AZHARUDDIN ABDUL RAHMAN CHAIRMAN OF CAAM AND HEAD OF MH370 RESPONSE TEAM

MH370 Found on Google Earth

The MH370 Response Team are aware of a widely circulated report titled “MH370 found on Google Earth” recently.

The team has and always been guided by the views, opinions and verifications from the group of experts in Australia. As such, the MH370 Response Team wishes to note that this report is unfounded and baseless.

The team also would like to advise members of public to refer to the response team and our MH370 website for verified and accurate report and news relating to MH370. The team felt that it is unethical to issue such report,respecting the feelings of the families and loved ones of those on board MH370.

[END]


Monday 19 March 2018 – IN THE NEWS: 

Australia rejects theory that MH370 wreckage found on Google Earth – upi.com – 19 March 2018
Google image of plane wreckage is years older than MH370 incident – freemalaysiatoday.com – 19 March 2018
MH370 Conspiracy Theory Of Plane Found With Bullet Holes Rejected By Australia – 19 March 2018
Australian officials quash ‘distressing’ claims an engineer found Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Google Earth riddled with bullet holes – dailymail.co.uk – 19 March 2018
MH370 FOUND on Google Earth with BULLET HOLES, shock map claims – expess.co.uk – 19 March 2018
Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Wreckage Found With Bullet Holes? – india.com – 19 March 2018
DOOMED PLANE FOUND? Missing flight MH370 ‘found’ on Google Earth riddled with BULLET HOLES, crash investigation expert claims – thesun.co.uk – 18 March 2018


Sunday 18 March 2018

Seabed Constructor has left the MH370 search area today at 05:00 UTC, headed to Henderson’s Aus Marine Complex 4 for resupply and a crew change. Seabed Constructor is due March 21 20:00 UTC and is expected to head back to the search area March 22 10:00 UTC.

Below is a 2 minute animation put together by Richard Cole based on images of the work of Seabed Constructor’s activities in the secondary search area over the last 10 days.
It makes the operation principles of the AUV’s clearer.
You can follow the search progress to date at his website

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A 2 minute animation put together by Richard Cole based on images of the work of Seabed Constructor’s activities in the secondary search area over the last 10 days. It makes the operation principles of the AUV’s clearer.

https://twitter.com/richard_e_cole/status/975469011562565637

https://twitter.com/richard_e_cole/status/975667732422291456


Tuesday 13 March 2018

MH370 OPERATIONAL SEARCH UPDATE #7  Period 5 – 11 MARCH 2018

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 7_English.pdf  |  Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018

https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/973572996643348480


Seabed Constructor is planned to arrive at and depart Aus Marine Complex 4 on 22 March 2018

Seabed Constructor is expected to depart the search area for Freemantle later this week for a technical crew change, refuelling and resupplies.

According the Voyager Port Management system Seabed Constructor is planned to arrive at Aus Marine Complex 4 on 22 March 2018 at 05:00 local time and to depart back to the search area at 18:00 local time.

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Earlier during the underwater search operations, an ROV was damaged and a decision was made to ‘wet store’ the ROV to minimize disruption to search operations. Seabed Constructor would recover this ROV enroute to Fremantle port.

Weather and sea condition were favourable for the search operations and Seabed Constructor made good progress over the past week. Total area covered as of 11 March 2018 is 24,000 square kilometres. No significant contacts are identified to date.

Favourable weather conditions are forecasted for the week ahead.


Tuesday 13 March 2018: In the news
MH370: Australia asked to take lead in debris and human remains recovery if wreckage is found – abc.net.au – 13 March 2018


Friday 9 March 2018

Press Statement by Voice370

Attached is a statement from VOICE370 dated 08.03.2018 commemorating the 4th year since MH370 disappeared from our skies. Please find all photos from the 4th Annual Remembrance Event 2018, in the link below, for your perusal.

https://twitter.com/gracesnathan/status/972059713952137216


Thursday 8 March 2018

4th Interim Statement

The 4th Interim Statement of MH370 is released today to inform the latest developments on the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 over the past year. 

The report was announced by Annex 13, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Malaysia for MH370, at 3 pm through a live broadcast on TV1, Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM).

The statement was presented by MH370 investigative chief Datuk Kok Soo Chon and will also be uploaded to the official website of MH370 (http://www.mh370.gov.my/index.php/en/ ).

Download:  http://mh370.mot.gov.my/4th_Interim_Statement_English.pdf
Source: http://mh370.mot.gov.my/english4thInterim.html


Full MH370 report to be released upon completion of latest search – Investigators

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (Bernama) — The full detailed investigation report into the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will be released upon completion of the latest search efforts, says the investigation team, exactly four years after the passenger jetliner vanished from the radar screen.

The publication of the detailed investigation report, Safety Report, based on currently available information has been suspended pending the outcome of the latest search efforts, since any new evidence uncovered is likely to significantly affect the investigation.

“In the event the aircraft is found, the team will conduct further investigation. If the aircraft is not found and a decision is made to discontinue the search, the team will resume the completion of the report and release it in the months ahead,” said the Malaysian International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 in a statement today. – Bernama


8 March 2018: In The News: 
Malaysia puts final MH370 report on hold pending search outcome – airlineratings.com – 8 March 2018


Thursday 8 March 2018

Today marks 4 years since MH370 disappeared

It’s been 4 years since disappeared. Much Love, Hope, Strength, Prayers and Respect to the Families & Friends of the 239 souls on board Wishing the plane will be found, wishing answers will come soon, wishing for Peace and Closure for all of u ❤️

Remembering MH370


https://twitter.com/liowtionglai/status/971551036597878784

https://twitter.com/liowtionglai/status/971552692764946432

https://twitter.com/MOTMalaysia/status/971559828542734337

https://twitter.com/NajibRazak/status/971537466782986241


Wednesday 7 March 2018

An Interim Statement will be released by the Chief Investigator, Dato’ Kok Soo Chon of the Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for on 3.8.2018 at 3.00pm Malaysia time via TV broadcast RTM 1. ( schedule | > in case live) The statement will be uploaded to the official MH370 website

https://twitter.com/Bookofresearch/status/971363012509650944

Media Statement by Minister of Transport Malaysia, Liow Tiong Lai

Source | Source


Tuesday 6 March 2018

MH370 Operational Search Update #6  Period 26th Feb 2018 – 4 March 2018 

Download:  MH370 Search Weekly Report 6_English.pdf | MH370 Search Weekly Report 6_Mandarin.pdf | Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018

https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/971030968822849537

Key Developments
-All Auv’s were Launched for the searh operation
-The vessel has completed Surveying Site 1/Area 01 and Northern leg of Area 02/ (shaded area) depicted in diagram 2 and currently surveying Northern Leg of Site1/Area 03 (red shaded area) depicted in diagram 1.

Conditions 
-Sea condition was favourable over the past week and the search operation has been able to make good progress. Total area covered as at 4 March 2018 is 16,000 square kilometres
-No significant contacts to date.

Weather 
-Favourbale weather are forecasted for the week ahead


In the news
Plan to assemble MH370 wreckage pieces to be finalised by mid March – nst.com.my – 6 March 2018


Tuesday 6 March 2018

Overview of Seabed Constructor’s track since the start of the Ocean Infinity’s search for MH370.

https://twitter.com/Airlandseaman/status/970686745413996544

https://twitter.com/richard_e_cole/status/970733326779781121


Monday 5 March 2018

Video prepared by Ocean Infinity for the commemoration event held in Kuala Lumpur on 3rd March 2018 on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of MH370’s disappearance.

https://youtu.be/leyjsTTWL1Y


Saturday 3 March 2018

https://youtu.be/fErVBvUS9w4

The 4th annual remembrance event for MH370 at Publika in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, Mar 3, 2018

People attend the fourth annual remembrance event for MH370 at Publika in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, Mar 3, 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/gsubathirai/videos/10159975204125697/?notif_id=1520061547215684¬if_t=live_video

The families of those on board MH370 standing in solidarity in silence in rememberance of their loved ones

The families of those on board MH370 standing in solidarity in silence in rememberance of their loved ones

Relatives & friends of passengers & crew who were on board Malaysia Airlines flight have gathered at Publika in Kuala Lumpur for a remembrance event. It’s now nearly four years since the plane disappeared with 239 people on board.

says today’s remembrance event is an occasion to pay tribute to those who were on board MH370, to thank those who have supported the search efforts, & “to remind the public that finding the plane is a critical step to designing safer civil aviation for the future”.

Mar 8, 2018 will mark the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of MH370. The Malaysia Airlines flight with 227 passengers and 12 crew members is presumed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

US-based company Ocean Infinity has been contracted by the Malaysian government to search for the wreckage on a “no find, no fee” basis.

Remembering MH370, four years on – Malaysiakini.com – 3 March 2018


Tuesday 27 February 2018

MH370 OPERATIONAL SEARCH UPDATE #5 Period 19 – 25 FEBRUARY 2018   

Download: MH370 Search Weekly Report 5_English.pdf  | Weekly Updates Underwater search 2018


Saturday 24 February 2018

Seabed Constructor planned at Aus Marine Complex 4 in Perth from 21-23 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 and is planned to return back to the search area on 23 March 2018 at 12:00

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Wednesday 21 February 2018

https://twitter.com/richard_e_cole/status/966398903829585920


Tuesday 20 February 2018

https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/966071852576763905


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

https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/965943662483005440


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

https://twitter.com/liowtionglai/status/965534544949493760

https://twitter.com/liowtionglai/status/965534992183865345


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 

https://twitter.com/richard_e_cole/status/964786625183191040


Thursday 15 February 2018

Seabed Constructor arrived back in search area

https://twitter.com/richard_e_cole/status/964254840007294976

https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/964259993376698369


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


https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/963424914987540480

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.

https://youtu.be/3DqHGH72nls

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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.

https://youtu.be/p14FYSEviQM


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.

https://twitter.com/AzharDGCA/status/961880713774575617

https://twitter.com/AzharDGCA/status/961888328252506114


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.

https://twitter.com/Ventus_45/status/961416485917818886

https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/961418239363436546


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

https://youtu.be/cMGdrf9utXA

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

https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/960860749328519169


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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https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/958890935106113536

https://twitter.com/LabratSR/status/958528575933698048

Discussion on Reddit


Thursday 1 February 2017

https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/959453168534020096

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

https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/955894570625196033


Tuesday 23 January 2018


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) on Twitter.


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]

https://twitter.com/DCA_Malaysia/status/955749993238818817


Tuesday 23 January 2018

Liow: New search for MH370 in Indian Ocean underway

https://youtu.be/RYZTQHaBUoo

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.

pdfnews-reuters

(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

https://twitter.com/Ocean__Infinity/status/951046824491732992

https://youtu.be/5F-w34oqqCY


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

https://youtu.be/pWBEFk5JAFc


8 December 2017

Operational Search for MH370, 2014-2017

https://youtu.be/dOcac4S_osQ

Video: This presentation covers the technical accomplishments undertaken from a geospatial support perspective to support the search for MH370. Geospatial support embedded within ATSB over the last 3 years included visualization of project data, creation of search areas, data management, statistical analysis and quality review of data collected. With over 157 TB of data acquired throughout the search the Operational Search for MH370 has become the largest search of survey of its kind ever.

Presentation by: Megan McCabe, Geospatial Team Leader,  Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB),  Geoscience Australia (GA)


20 October 2017

Press Statement on MH370 Search Proposals

https://twitter.com/DCA_Malaysia/status/921304898888646656


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/


April 2017: Drift study flaperon (blog)

Source: atsb.gov.au


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