Winter weather conditions continue to bring rough seas and strong winds to the search area, impacting on operations.
Fugro Discovery is on weather standby north of the search area. Forecast poor weather conditions will likely delay search operations.
Fugro Equator has been unable to undertake deep tow search activities due to poor weather.
Winter weather conditions brought rough seas and strong winds to the search area which impacted on operations this week.
Fugro Discovery arrived in Fremantle on 16 May for resupply. The vessel departed for the search area on 17 May.
Fugro Equator arrived back in the search area on 14 May but was unable to undertake search activities due to the weather. Consequently, the vessel has been tasked with bathymetric survey operations which can generally still be carried out in poor weather conditions.
Dong Hai Jiu 101 arrived back in the search area on 16 May.
Poor weather conditions prompted the crew of Fugro Discovery to recover the deeptow vehicle and go to weather avoidance on 8 May. The vessel is expected to depart for Fremantle later today.
Fugro Equator departed Fremantle for the search area on 6 May but poor weather has slowed transit to the search area. The vessel is anticipated to arrive on 11 May but weather conditions in the coming days are expected to preclude search operations.
Dong Hai Jiu 101 completed testing of the SLH-ProSAS-60 deep tow system and departed for the search area on 10 May.
Fugro Discovery experienced problems with its deep-tow side scan sonar on 1 May, requiring the equipment to be reset. As this created a gap in the data, the vessel turned and transited back to the point at which the signal had begun to degrade before re-running the line to ensure complete coverage of the area.
Rough weather conditions over the weekendresulted in Fugro Discovery suspending search operations for a short period, but the vessel has since resumed underwater search operations. The vessel will be departing the search area around 13 May for a scheduled resupply visit to Fremantle.
Fugro Equator continues to conduct underwater search operations. The vessel will be departing the search area around 28 April for a scheduled resupply visit to Fremantle.
Dong Hai Jiu 101 is alongside in Fremantle port while the recovered SLH‑ProSAS‑60 deep tow system is checked and tested.
On 27 December 2015 and 27 February 2016, two items of debris were independently found, approximately 220km apart, on the Mozambique coast. Both items were delivered to the relevant Civil Aviation Authorities in Mozambique and South Africa in early March 2016.
Fugro Discovery arrived back in the search area on 12 April after a scheduled port visit to Fremantle. The vessel has resumed underwater search operations.
Fugro Equator continues to conduct underwater search operations.
Dong Hai Jiu 101 departed for the search area on 11 April, carrying Phoenix International's Remora III remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). The ROV will be used in the recovery of the lost SLH-ProSAS-60 tow system.
Fugro Discovery departed the search area on 30 March and arrived in Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit on 5 April. The vessel is departing today, returning to the search area.
Fugro Equator arrived back in the search area on 30 March and is engaged in underwater search operations.
Dong Hai Jiu 101 is at Fremantle where Phoenix International's Remora III remote operated vehicle (ROV) is being mobilised. The ROV will be used in the recovery of the lost SLH-ProSAS-60 towfish.
Possible aircraft debris has been found on the island of Rodrigues in Mauritius.
Fugro Discovery continues to conduct underwater search operations. The vessel is expected to depart the search area on 1 April, returning to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit.
Fugro Equator arrived at Fremantle on 23 March and departed the following day after completing resupply operations.
Havila Harmony arrived at Fremantle on 26 March, to demobilise the Hugin 4500 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) system.