The Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), Judith Zielke, together with the Program Director, Operational Search for MH370 of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Peter Foley, provided a technical briefing regarding the search for MH370.
According to their statements, searchers still remain confident of finding the plane along an arc in the Southern Indian Ocean.
More than eight months after it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, over 7000 square kilometers of the seafloor have been searched but no debris has been found relating to the missing Malaysian Airline.
Australian government contracted search vessel, Fugro Discovery, is resupplying at Fremantle and it’s expected to continue on to the search site after calibration testing.
Fugro Equator is acquiring a bathymetric survey after it arrived on November 21. Since then, the vessel has covered over 4,000 square kilometres, bringing the total area surveyed to over 170,000 square kilometres.
Fugro Equator’s mobilization to conduct underwater search activities has been postponed due to delays in the supply of the new deep tow winch and cable.
The third vessel, GO Phoenix, contracted by the Malaysian government, continues to conduct underwater search operations in the assigned search area, and it’s due to return to Fremantle.