I think it isn't newsworthy..Stratofreighter wrote:...no, MH370 has not been found yet, but
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-up ... 667d2e24aa
may be interesting to read.
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-up ... 667d2e24aaFebruary 5, 2018
MH370 search vessel Seabed Constructor switches off tracking system
THE search vessel tasked with finding MH370 mysteriously switched off its tracking system near a “treasure filled” sunken shipwreck.
THE state-of-the art vessel tasked with finding missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 mysteriously switched off its Automatic Identification System (AIS) for more than three days, sending some observers into meltdown.
Seabed Constructor’s AIS was disabled on January 31 — exactly 10 days into the new search — and not reconnected until last night, leaving approximately 80 hours unnaccounted for.
Amateur aviation specialists and MH370 watchers have been charting Constructor’s progress since it left Port of Durban on January 2 for the new search area, located just outside the previous 120sq km previously scoured along the 7th Arc.
The vessel has been contracted by Texas-based exploration company Ocean Infinity, which signed a “no cure, no pay” deal with the Malaysian Government which will see it receive more than AUD$70 million if it finds the plane within 90 days.
But unlike its predecessors Fugro Equator, Fugro Discovery and Havila Harmony, whose progress was meticulously mapped via satellite by investigators, both amateur and professional, at their own expense, following the Constructor has proved more challenging.
It reached the new search on January 21 and trusted observers such as UK-based space scientist Richard Cole and US-based precision machinist Kevin Rupp were able to post regular maps to followers on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit.
But that changed last Wednesday when Constructor “went dark”, sending everyone into a spin.
“I think that the AIS transmission from Constructor has been disabled. The question is whether this is finger-trouble by someone adjusting the AIS system settings ahead of departing for Fremantle, or deliberate action.” Mr Cole posted in a subreddit dedicated to Seabed Constructor position updates.
Some speculated the Constructor took a secret detour to check out the wreckage of what is believed to be the S.V Inca, a Peruvian-built transport ship that vanished en route to Sydney more than 100 years ago.
In January 2016, MH370 search vessel Havila Harmony stumbled across the shipwreck almost four kilometres below the surface inside the 7th Arc, initially mistaking it for the plane’s fuselage.
S.V Inca was last seen on March 10, 1911 when it set sail from Callao, Peru bound for Sydney. There has been speculation about what cargo the vessel may have been carrying and inevitable chatter about sunken treasure.
I sail on cargoships as Officer and Engineer and it happens quite a lot that we don't have AIS coverage on the open ocean.
The Ocean Infinity has Malaysian officials onboard to keep an eye on the proces of finding it. I don't think the Malaysian officials will allow such a search for the SV Inca. The Ocean Infinity will look for the SV Inca when there done searching for MH370 if they're interested in the shipwreck.