MH370: Chinese survey ship to study ocean bed in new search phase
Published on May 19, 2014 3:27 PM
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Chinese survey ship will conduct a bathymetric study on the ocean floor in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Malaysian, Australian and Chinese authorities met over the weekend in Fremantle, Australia, to discuss the bathymetric survey.
The survey will focus on areas provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, according to a statement by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre on Monday.
It was decided that Chinese ship Zhu Kezhen would conduct the bathymetric survey and was scheduled to sail for the area on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, ADV Ocean Shield arrived at Geraldton, Western Australia, to begin preparations to receive spare parts related to the transponders mounted on the Ocean Shield and the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, the Bluefin-21.
The repairs are meant to correct a hardware issue affecting the ability of the transponders to communicate during a dive.
The problem became apparent during Bluefin-21's latest mission last Tuesday.
Testing will be conducted at Geraldton prior to the Ocean Shield transiting back to the search area.
Flight MH370, with 239 people on board including 12 crewmembers, left the KL International Airport at 12.41am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea.
A multinational search was mounted for the Boeing 777-200 aircraft, first in the South China Sea and then, after it was learnt that the plane had veered off course, in the southern Indian Ocean.