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  1. #2026
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    Quote Originally Posted by watcher9 View Post
    Weekly Update #8 - Mar 20 2018

    Good progress was made over the past week.
    They have completed the north leg and are working on the south leg (shown on diagram).

    Seabed Constructor successfully recovered the damaged ROV that had been ‘wet-stored’.

    The ship departed the search area on Sunday, Mar 18 2018, and are expected to arrive on Mar 22 2018 in the Fremantle port for a scheduled port call to facilitate technical crew change, refueling and restocking.

    Total area covered is now 29,500 square kilometers.
    No significant contacts to date.

    Favorable weather and sea conditions are forecasted for the week ahead.

    Kevin's dropbox link - https://www.dropbox.com/s/qkeilqnebk...glish.pdf?dl=0

    Im glad they are still looking.

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    Weekly Update #9 - Mar 27 2018

    Seaboard Constructor arrived in port on Thursday, Mar 22 2018. With a quick turnaround, she departed Fremantle the following morning Mar 23 2018 and was expected to arrive at the search area on Tuesday, Mar 27 2018.

    Looking at the diagrams, it looks like they are now searching the last section of the required area.

    Total area covered as of Mar 25 2018 is 33,000 square kilometers.
    The additional kilometers were added after data processed on transit to port.

    No significant contacts have been identified to date.

    Of all things, a Cat 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone ‘Marcus’ moved through the search area over the past week. It is anticipated to impact the coming week’s search operations.

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    Weekly Update - Apr 3 2018

    The Seabed Constructor continues to survey the search area accompanied by a support vessel, MV Maersk Marine.

    I think I have this figured out right and hope this makes sense. Image is on the link.
    The required search is set up in 3 sections (yellow, pink and green) straddling the ping arc area and going north from the original search route.

    The weird upside down u-shaped yellow section surrounds and extends outward the width of the original search on the ping arc. They are now finishing the top of this section which includes the area of Broken Ridge (mountains under the sea) and the Diamantina Trench, the deepest part of the Indian Ocean, all of which are very difficult to search.

    The second section (pink) will be to the north of the yellow area and the green is north of the pink, neither of which have been searched before. They also will extend outward on both sides of the ping arc as wide as the newly searched yellow area.

    Total area covered as of Apr 1 2018 is 37,000 square kilometers.
    No significant contacts have been identified to date.

    The Cat 5 storm has dissipated and no longer a threat.
    Weather and sea conditions are favorable for the week ahead.

    Kevin's dropbox link - https://www.dropbox.com/s/fxmkkn81xp...glish.pdf?dl=0

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    Still waiting on Weekly Update #11 to be posted on Kevin's FB site.

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    Weekly Update #11 - Apr 10 2018

    The Seabed Constructor continues to survey the search area accompanied by a support vessel, MV Maersk Marine.

    Site #1 (yellow) search is complete with total area covered of 38,214 square kilometers.
    Site #2 (pink) search is moving right along with 7,500 square kilometers completed.
    (I guess we will find out with next week's report if they are keeping each total area covered separately instead of a running total.)

    A point of Interest(POI) was identified from the AUVs missions and ROV(KD31) was deployed for further investigation. Upon detailed survey by the ROV, it was determined to be geological. Images at the link. (Amazing to look at those clear images and see how clean the surface at the bottom of the ocean looks and how easily unusual objects may be spotted.)

    Weather may be building later this week.

    Kevin's drop box - https://www.dropbox.com/s/rgb5rvuh9l...te-11.pdf?dl=0


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    Weekly Update #12 - Apr 17 2018

    The Seabed Constructor continues to survey the search area accompanied by a support vessel, MV Maersk Marine.

    Site #2 (pink) is now complete. That didn't take long. They are now surveying site #3 (green) and according to the charts, a Site #4 (blue) has been added. None of this has been searched before.
    Images at link.

    Total area searched in Sites #1 and #2 is 53,000 square kilometers.

    Two new points of interest (#13 and #14) were discovered. These were investigated by the ROV and found to be geological in nature. Images at link.

    Some marginal weather could occur this week but is not expected to impact the search operation.

    Kevin's drop box - https://www.dropbox.com/s/29zerogqyj...%2012.pdf?dl=0

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    Weekly Update #13 - Apr 24 2018

    Search is moving right along in the first half of the green area.

    Seabed Constructor is expected to depart the search area for Fremantle later this week for a technical crew change, refueling and resupplies.

    Total area searched in Sites #1 and #2 is 53,000 square kilometers.
    Total area searched in Site #3 (green) is 11,500 square kilometers.

    Favorable weather forecast for the week.

    Kevin's dropbox - https://www.dropbox.com/s/5w7d1jqoc0...%2013.pdf?dl=0

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