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Lafayette, LA (KPLC) - It may surprise you to learn that a Lafayette-based company is assisting in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Fugro GeoServices, Inc., an onshore and offshore infrastructure and survey company, has locations all over the world, including Fugro Aerial & Mobile Mapping, Inc., located at 200 Dulles Drive in Lafayette.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau awarded a contract to Fugro to utilize two specialized vessels, the Fugro Equator and the Fugro Discovery, in a deep-water search. Both vessels are equipped with deep tow survey systems. Their search will begin in late September and could last up to a year.

In a news release, Fugro described the Equator as "an advanced survey vessel, outfitted with state-of-the-art, deep water, multibeam echosounder and support equipment" and the Discovery as "a multi-role geophysical and hydrographical survey vessel designed to obtain high resolution data."

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