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

The Fugro Supporter, jointly funded by Australia and Malaysia, will join three other vessels already carrying out underwater searches of the southern Indian Ocean sea floor for the missing aircraft.

The vessel is equipped with an autonomous underwater vehicle, which can scan portions of the search area that equipment on other vessels are not able to reach effectively.

The Fugro Supporter will arrive in the designated area and commence search activities, joining the Fugro Equator survey ship, Fugro Discovery and GO Phoenix, later this month.

The underwater search follows a bathymetric survey that mapped the ocean floor in areas that are deemed to be the most likely resting places of the Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared with 239 passengers and crew aboard on 8 March.

Source: Cirium Dashboard