The owner of a Norwegian car carrier, Hoegh St. Petersburg, said it planned to search through the night for two large objects sighted off Australia. This debris could potentially be from the missing Malaysian jetliner. The official search had been suspended because it was too dark but the Norwegian ship continued the search through the night.
The Hoegh St. Petersburg was the first ship to arrive in the area where the two objects were spotted by satellite five days ago in one of the most remote parts of the globe, around 2,500 km southwest of Perth.
Ingar Skiaker, Chief Executive of Hoegh Autoliners, told a news conference in Oslo, “We will continue searching during the night at reduced speed and with all spotlights available, and we will increase the speed again when the light comes back.”
He stated that they have not had any report of any finds, but the captain will report to the Australian authorities first, if or when they find something.
Other ships are on their way but as far as Hoegh Autoliners know, they are still the only ship in the area.
A Royal Australian Navy ship equipped to recover any objects was en route and China's icebreaker for Antarctic research, Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, was to set off from Perth, state news agency Xinhua cited maritime authorities as saying.
The satellite images, provided by U.S. company DigitalGlobe DGI.N, were taken on March 16, meaning that the possible debris could by now have drifted far from the original site.
Story courtesy of The Maritime Executive, for the full article click here.
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