04 August 2014, News Wires – Malaysia’s Petronas is chipping in more than $20 million and deploying assets in the hunt for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared along with 239 people in March.
The state-owned oil giant is to deploy underwater search equipment and an offshore support vessel in what is says is a “new search area” for the plane that vanished while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Petronas said on Monday it is funding the 67 million Malaysian ringgits ($20.92 million) deployment of a Prosas towed side scan sonar unit and the anchor-handling tug supply vessel Go Phoenix. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel is managed by Go Offshore Asia of Singapore.
The Fugro-owned survey vessel Fugro Equator and a Chinese survey vessel are said to be currently carrying out mapping of search areas, with a Malaysian unit to join the search this month.
Petronas had in April used the SapuraCrest Petroleum-owned survey vessel Teknik Putra in the search for a week.
The Boeing 777-200ER was carrying 12 Malaysian crew and 227 passengers when it disappeared on 8 March. Initial searches concentrated on the South China Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea before moving to the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia.