The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has awarded Netherlands-based Fugro a further contract to assist in the ongoing search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370).
MH370, a Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Australia has been coordinating search efforts since satellite information indicated the aircraft diverted a long way from its flight path and likely ended up on the ocean floor off the coast of Perth.
Fugro will deploy two vessels—Fugro Equator and Fugro Discovery—with specialist deep-tow survey systems, plus equipment and expertise for the deep-water search. Since June, the Fugro Equator has been involved in a bathymetric survey of the search area.
Fugro and the ATSB expect the Fugro Discovery to begin deep-tow searching in late September, with Fugro Equator joining shortly thereafter.
The search is expected to take up to 12 months. The Australian government has allocated AUD60 million ($56 million) to the ATSB to carry out the search for MH370.