Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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