Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) was directed by DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (DEFTECH) on behalf of the Government of Malaysia to end the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) in the Southern Indian Ocean on the 20th of June 2015.
Since the 5th of October 2014, Phoenix and teammates from Hydrospheric Solutions, Inc. (HSI) and GO Marine have been working around the clock in the search to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) which was presumably lost in the Southern Indian Ocean, approximately 1,500 miles west of Perth, Australia. Working aboard GO Phoenix, a DP2 vessel owned by GO Marine, Phoenix and Hydrospheric personnel deployed the highly capable and technologically advanced SLH PS-60 (ProSAS-60), a 6,000 meter depth-rated synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) towed system, in the search for MH370.
The Phoenix Team worked through severe weather conditions, and tropical cyclones that plague the Southern Indian Ocean area during the winter months in an effort to find MH370. Even while battling these severe weather conditions, the Phoenix search team was able to collect and analyze a significant amount of sonar data covering well over 90% of their assigned Search Area. The SAS technology used by the ProSAS-60 delivered a fully processed sonar image that provided an exceptionally clear picture of the seafloor – allowing the search team to effectively and efficiently cover the assigned Search Area with a high degree of confidence.
The entire MH370 international search team organization, under the leadership of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), has searched more than 50,000 km2 of seafloor and established an extraordinary record of hard work and focused commitment in the search for MH370. Phoenix is deeply honored to have the opportunity to be part of this international team assisting in the search for MH370.
Phoenix is an employee-owned, ISO 9001-2008 Management System certified marine services contractor providing manned and unmanned underwater solutions; deep ocean search and recovery; underwater inspection, maintenance, and repair; submarine rescue; design engineering; and project management services to a diverse set of clients worldwide. Expertise is available from seven regional offices in the areas of wet and dry hyperbaric welding, Nondestructive Testing (NDT), subsea engineering services, conventional and atmospheric diving, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and other robotic systems.