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It was recently announced that Direction générale de l'Aviation (DGAC), the French Aviation Authority, has chartered the cable-laying ship MS Ile De Sein to recover the wreckage of Air France flight AF447. The MS Ile De Sein completed a cable-laying project from Sydney, Australia to Oahu, Hawai'i, some 9000 kilometres of fibre optic cable were laid. It is hoped that MS Ile De Sein will find and recover the 'black boxes' of flight AF447 and DGAC will finally have some answers to give the public on the cause of the accident.
The wreckage was found by the Deep Ocean Quest vessel MS Alucia under charter to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute who in turn were working under an arrangement with the French Government. The MS Alucia acted as the support ship and operated a Remus ROV. MS Alucia is the former French Naval research vessel Nadir, now privately owned and converted to an extremely comfortable expedition/research vessel.
Please remember the seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia - lets us work with India to free them.