Seabed Constructor departs Durban in latest bid to track down missing MH370

Bergen-headquartered Swire Seabed’s subsea vessel Seabed Constructor has been taken on charter by American firm Ocean Infinity and left Durban yesterday for a month’s voyage in the latest bid to try and track down the wreckage of MH370, the Malaysian Airlines plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people onboard.

The Seabed Constructor will explore a 25,000 sq km area before heading to Perth on February 7. Ocean Infinity won a contract from the Malaysian government to try and find the missing Boeing 777, the latest chapter in a a near three-year search mission that has been almost unparalleled in aviation history in terms of scope and scale.

Ocean Infinity will deploy a system that uses eight HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles capable of operating at depths of up to 6 km to collect high-resolution data.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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