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Fugro’s expertise, experience and equipment are playing a key role in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Three Fugro specialist survey vessels, equipped with deepwater search technology, have been surveying the Southern Indian Ocean search area for the missing Boeing 777.

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Shortly after being awarded a contract by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in June 2014, our advanced survey vessel Fugro Equator began mapping over 200,000 square kilometres of uncharted seabed using state-of-the-art multibeam echosounder equipment.
The resulting bathymetric maps of the Southern Indian Ocean’s seafloor enabled a defined search for the missing aircraft to begin. In October Fugro Discovery commenced deepwater search operations, equipped with side scan sonar, underwater video and aviation fuel detection sensors.
On completion of the bathymetric survey work in December, Fugro Equator was mobilised to conduct underwater search operations and in late January 2015 commenced search activities in the defined area. In the early part of 2015 a third Fugro vessel, Fugro Supporter, brought to the search an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), which was capable of scanning those portions of the search area that could not be searched effectively by the equipment on the other vessels. By May 2015, deteriorating weather meant that sea conditions were beyond the safe launch and recovery limitations of the AUV and Fugro Supporter withdrew from the search.

The size of the area being investigated, the depth of the water (up to 5,000 metres) and extreme weather conditions experienced by vessels and crews make this search a challenging operation, but one that Fugro is well-equipped to carry out.


21st Century Survey Vessel

M.V. Fugro Equator, operated by Fugro Survey Pte Ltd, is built to the highest standards demanded of a dedicated survey vessel capable of international deployment. The specially designed hull, diesel electric drive and rudder propellers, maximises fuel efficiency, navigational control and station keeping capabilities. Great attention was paid to minimising conducted vibration from vessel mounted machinery and infrastructure. The result is an acoustically quiet platform, enabling high quality data collection.

Permanently installed equipment includes the latest in digital seismic, seabed and sub seabed mapping systems. Acoustic positioning is provided by a through hull USBL system. Surface positioning is Fugro Starfix high precision, GNSS. All acquisition, navigation, processing, charting and reporting systems are networked and integrated through industrial grade servers. 

The vessel can carry out a full range of offshore survey services from simultaneous analogue/digital site surveys through to route surveys. In addition, a Fugro owned AUV system can easily be mobilised on the vessel without affecting other survey capabilities. ROV Inspection and more complex Geotechnical spreads can be mobilised as required.

En-suite single and double cabin accommodation for 42 and 65 metres LOA makes the M.V. Fugro Equator a very comfortable and spacious environment to work in.

M.V. Fugro Discovery was purpose-built for the Norwegian Navy and has been converted to provide multi-role survey capabilities. With permanently mobilised geophysical and hydrographical survey spreads, the vessel is ready for rapid deployment to survey locations worldwide.

Since being built in 1997 it has been maintained to the high standards demanded by the navy and provides clients with a reliable and well appointed survey vessel whose multi-role capabilities include ROV inspection, pipeline and cable route surveys, high resolution seismic acquisition surveys, geotechnical surveys and environmental surveys.

The vessel is fitted with an auto positioning system, a full suite of modern analogue and digital geophysical equipment and a comprehensive range of deck equipment which includes a 16 tonne A frame.

The design of the vessel permits simultaneous analogue/digital survey operations and ensures suitability for geotechnical and environmental duties. At 70m LOA the M.V. Fugro Discovery has accommodation for 24 in single and double en-suite cabins and is a comfortable and spacious vessel on which to work.

Clients in the oil and gas industry, the cable sector and government agencies utilise the M.V. Fugro Discovery to obtain high resolution data for permitting, planning, design activities and engineering.

19th May 2015

Fugro locates uncharted shipwreck at 3,900m in search for MH370

Two of Fugro’s vessels currently searching the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, were recently involved in an historic find - the discovery of a previously uncharted shipwreck at a depth of around 3,900 metres.

15th Jan 2015

Fugro provides third vessel to join search for missing flight MH370

An additional Fugro vessel has been commissioned to carry out underwater search activities for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

06th Aug 2014

Fugro deepwater search MH370

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has awarded Fugro an additional contract for the deployment of two specialist vessels, equipment and expertise in the deep-water search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370).

10th Jun 2014

Fugro to provide Survey Vessel to support search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has awarded Fugro a contract that will see the deployment of its specialist vessel, equipment and expertise in the underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370).

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