Chinese vessel Dong Hai Jiu 101 prepares to resume search

Media Release

DC041/2016

08 April 2016

Today I met with Chinese Consular General, Mr Lei Kezhong, onboard Dong Hai Jiu 101, which is the vessel provided by the People's Republic of China to join the search operations for MH370.

On behalf of the Australian Government, I thanked the Chinese Government for its contribution and the captain and crew for their efforts in the search for MH370.

The ship will embark on a mission in the next few days to recover the SLH-ProSAS-60 towfish which detached from the vessel during its previous search effort.

A remotely operated vehicle is currently being readied onboard and will be used to recover the towfish.

I wish the crew well in both the recovery mission and their ongoing efforts to locate MH370 in the 120,000 square kilometre search area.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, on behalf of Australia, is leading the search for MH370.

More information about the search can be found on the Joint Agency Coordination Centre website at www.jacc.gov.au