[QUOTE=c.captain;173600]why on earth the NTSB went with a non DP vessel to perform ROV inspections and searching for the VDR is beyond my comprehension. Using shitting equipment yields similar results![/QUOTE]
It is indeed surprising that when any one of dozens of vessels with state-of-the-art equipment is available and could have been “commandeered” for the task, they sent a vessel without DP capabilities as the platform to look for anything in 15,000 ft. of water. Towing a sonar fish, yes, but how they could manage to operate a ROV efficiently from there is a big question mark???
Another thing that is surprising is that they can give up after a few days “because it is hard”.
The search for wreckage and the “black boxes” from the MH 370 is still ongoing after more than 1.5 years: https://www.atsb.gov.au/mh370-pages/updates/operational-update.aspx
This has been financed mainly by Australia and Malaysia to the tune of USD 160 millions. China contributed ships in the early search, but is not paying for the ongoing operation using civilian vessels and equipment.
Is there ANY possibilities that private funds could be raised to finance a search by a suitable vessel with suitable equipment from the Offshore industry, whether US flagged or foreign? (I presume the Navy are obliged to use US vessels only??)