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New hope for solving the greatest aviation mystery in modern history
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Seabed Constructor with a USV (unmanned surface vehicle – yellow vessel) and an AUV (orange submersible).
Seabed Constructor with a USV (unmanned surface vehicle – yellow vessel) and an AUV (orange submersible).


"Seabed Constructor is the most advanced civilian survey vessel on the planet today. If its array of technology cannot find MH370, then it is likely that nothing will, and that the mystery of MH370 will remain unsolved." So wrote The Economist magazine on 2nd January this year, a few weeks before Seabed Constructor commenced a new 90-day search for the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the Boeing 777-200ER that vanished over the Indian Ocean on 8th March 2014, claiming the lives of 239 people. The vessel is owned and operated by Swire Pacific Offshore's subsea services company, Swire Seabed, and is currently on charter to Ocean Infinity, a technology company specialising in the collection of high-resolution geophysical seabed data. Ocean Infinity has negotiated a no-cure, no-pay agreement with the Malaysian Government to extend the search for the missing aircraft.

With eight autonomous underwater vehicles ("AUVs") on board, Seabed Constructor is equipped to rapidly collect and analyse information from water depths of up to 6,000 metres. Despite some challenging adverse weather conditions, the offshore team has already surveyed over 16,000 km2 of ocean floor and it is hoped their work may help solve the mystery of MH370, bringing answers, peace and clarity to the friends and families of the victims.
New hope for solving the greatest aviation mystery in modern history
New hope for solving the greatest aviation mystery in modern history
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