Maritime Activity Boosts in Search for Flight 370

By Eric Haun
Friday, March 21, 2014
Photo: Höegh Autoliners

The maritime industry has ramped up contributions to the worldwide search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as an international team scours for signs of the Boeing 777 which went missing nearly two weeks ago with 239 people on board.

Merchant and navy ships have recently helped to relaunch a search in the Indian Ocean where Australian authorities said satellites spotted possible debris. So far, no confirmed signs of wreckage have been reported.

Commercial maritime companies have pitched in to assist authorities as the hunt proceeds globally. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said two commercial vessels are currently assisting its operations in the Indian Ocean, including Norway-based Ro/Ro vehicle transport company Höegh Autoliners, who confirmed participation of its vessel Höegh St Petersburg. According to the shipping company, its vessel is following instructions from AMSA.

Britain's multipurpose survey vessel HMS Echo as well as the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Success are scheduled to assist in the search area, and Reuters reported today that Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, a Chinese icebreaker for Antarctic research will join up to five more Chinese ships and three helicopters in the region. AMSA said its search has also received contributions from four Australian P3 aircraft, one New Zealand P3 aircraft, one U.S. Navy’s P8 aircraft and a commercial jet. Officials said Chinese and Japanese planes are scheduled to join the search this weekend.

Investigators suspect Flight MH370 was deliberately diverted thousands of miles after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8, Reuters reported. Hijacking or sabotage remain the focus of investigations, but technical problems are not beyond possibility.

Sources: Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Reuters, staff
 

  • Image: AMSA

    Image: AMSA

Maritime Reporter August 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

HMAS Canberra Initial Operational Capability

The Royal Australian Navy’s Amphibious Ship, HMAS Canberra, has completed a graduated operational test and trials program to achieve a key milestone towards Initial Operating Capability.

Australian Defence Unveils Indigenous Artwork

Defence today unveiled an Indigenous painting at its Science and Technology headquarters in Canberra as a mark of respect for cultural diversity within the organisation.

Britain Pumps GBP500mln into Scottish Naval Base

The Royal Navy’s submarine base at Faslane – home to Britain’s nuclear deterrent – is to receive a more than 500 million pounds investment grant from the Government, reports Reuters.

News

China Merchants Profit up 29pct

While China’s ports continue to face growth pressure, the country’s largest port operator is reaping the rewards of years of investments in overseas projects.   China

Swire Upgrades Asia-Pac Coverage

Singapore-based liner trade division of The China Navigation Company (CNC) Swire Shipping has upgraded its multipurpose liner service coverage in the Asia Pacific region.

Baltimore Port Shipments Hit New Record

Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore's public terminals shipped a record 9.74 million tons of general cargo in the 2015 fiscal year ending June 30, it said Monday.

Maritime Safety

Seychelles to Join India-led Maritime Security Alliance

Seychelles  said that Indian ocean region "belongs" to countries sharing maritime boundaries and said it was "actively" considering participating in a security

Hurricane Fred Strengthens in Eastern Atlantic

Hurricane Fred strengthened early Monday in the eastern Atlantic as it approached the Cape Verde Islands, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought flooding to parts of South Carolina,

Cargo Ship Collides with Fueling Vessel at Sea

A 24-meter fuelling vessel, Erin Wood, was towed to Peterhead Saturday after a collision with a Cyprus registered cargo vessel, Daroja, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.

Eye on the Navy

HMAS Canberra Initial Operational Capability

The Royal Australian Navy’s Amphibious Ship, HMAS Canberra, has completed a graduated operational test and trials program to achieve a key milestone towards Initial Operating Capability.

Britain Pumps GBP500mln into Scottish Naval Base

The Royal Navy’s submarine base at Faslane – home to Britain’s nuclear deterrent – is to receive a more than 500 million pounds investment grant from the Government, reports Reuters.

Iranian Ship, Crew Escape Captivity off Somali Coast

An Iranian fishing vessel and its crew have escaped after being held captive for five months by Somali fishermen, maritime piracy experts said on Friday, but it

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3960 sec (3 req/sec)