Dispatches No. 255

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POSH profits tumble 49%

PACC Offshore Services Holding (POSH) posted a 49% year-on-year slide in profit to USD6.1 million for the second quarter of 2015, despite increasing its revenue.
The Singapore-listed offshore services provider’s second-quarter revenue climbed 22% to USD71 million.
POSH’s revenue gain was mainly

Sainty Marine appoints new chairman

Shenzhen-listed Sainty Marine on 3 August announced the appointment of Zhang Shunfu as its chairman.
Zhang, 53, is also the chairman of Sainty International Group, chairman and general manager of Sainty Metals & Minerals Company, as well as the general manager of China National Nonferrous Metals

Yangzijiang profit drops 17%

Singapore-listed shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings’ profit for the second quarter of 2015 shrank 17% on a year ago despite higher revenue contribution for the period.
The company recorded CNY5.7 million (USD0.9 million) in revenue for second-quarter 2015, up 34% on a year ago, mainly

MH370 Debris Find Confirmed

By MarEx 2015-08-05 01:58:35

The aircraft flaperon recently retrieved from La Réunion has been confirmed as coming from a Boeing 777 aircraft, prompting the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to reassess its MH370 search plan.

Work is still being undertaken by the Malaysian and French authorities to establish whether the flaperon originated from MH370, and an ATSB investigator will join the international team examining it in Toulouse, France.

The ATSB, which is leading the search for MH370, has reviewed its search calculations and priorities and is satisfied that the discovery of the flaperon at La Réunion, 16 months after the disappearance of MH370, is consistent with the current underwater search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

Drift modelling by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) shows that material from the current search area could have been carried to La Réunion, as well as other locations, as part of a progressive dispersal of floating debris through the action of ocean currents and wind.

The map below shows the indicative drift of debris from the search area as at 30 July. Blue, black and red dots simulate items with leeway factors (applied to the 10m wind velocity) of 1.2, 1.5 and 1.8 percent.

The items originated along the black arc (seventh arc) on March 8, 2014. White arrows are the winds for the day shown. Magenta symbols are positions of real drifting buoys (with sea-anchors at 12m) on the day. Their movement has been used to estimate the errors of the ocean current component of the total drift velocity.

Reverse drift modelling – tracking the debris back from where it was found to a possible point of origin – is very imprecise when used for long time periods. To the extent they can be relied on, the results of reverse modelling are also consistent with the defined search area, said the ATSB in a statement.

A great deal of additional material has been handed over to the police on La Réunion. While this is being examined, so far none of it appears to have come from an aircraft.

The drift modelling indicates that if there is any more floating debris from MH370, it could be anywhere in hundreds of thousands of square kilometres in the Indian Ocean.

The ATSB continues to rely on the careful analysis of satellite data and aircraft performance information to define the search area and the discovery of the flaperon affirms this work, it says. For this reason, thorough and methodical search efforts will continue to be focused on the defined search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

The plight of MH370 is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. The plane vanished from radar screens shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, bound for Beijing. Investigators believe the plane was flown thousands of miles off course before eventually crashing somewhere off Australia.

The search area was expanded in April beyond an original 60,000 square kilometer search area to enable up to 120,000 square kilometers to be searched if required. More than 50,000 square kilometers of the seafloor have been searched so far.