ATSB releases MH370 search tender

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 4, 2014
The ATSB has released an RFT for a commercial deep water search contract to help find the missing MH370. (Defence)
The ATSB has released an RFT for a commercial deep water search contract to help find the missing MH370. (Defence)

The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau has released a request for tender (RFT) to acquire the services of a specialist company capable of conducting a deep-water search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

The successful tenderer will work under ATSB direction, and will provide expertise, equipment and any vessels necessary to conduct an underwater search of an area of up to 60,000 square kilometres for the missing Boeing 777 which is still believed to be in the southern Indian Ocean area WNW of Perth.

It is hoped the successful tenderer will be able to localise, positively identify, and map the 777’s debris field in water depths of between 1000 and 6000 metres using specialist equipment such as towed and autonomous underwater vehicles with mounted sonar and/or optical imaging systems, with the search scheduled to commence in August.

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2 Comments

  • Paul

    says:

    And the bill for this is picked up by the Malay government, right!

  • Neil Hansford

    says:

    Unfortunately the cost is so high it is a line on the Australian Budget 2014-15 on the basis that it is in “Australia’s International Search Area”.
    When the budget was set at A$90m it was on the basis the search would take 8-12 months.
    Now Air Marshall Angus Huston (Ret) is saying it may take the ATSB supervised search up to 2 years.
    By then I bet the cost will be nearer $200m unless they get lucky early and find it in the initial budgeted period..
    When does the insurer start picking up the recovery bills or are we going to do that also for the insurers?
    This is all about relations with Malaysia and China! That sure is expensive diplomacy! With regard to closure I believe Malaysia have already issued death certificates to allow the pay out! Isn’t that closure?

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