An Antarctic resupply vessel chartered by the Australian government suffered a fire in one of its two engine rooms while returning from a mission to the frozen continent.
The ice-strengthened MPV Everest was traveling home after a two month resupply mission to the Davis and Mawson research stations in east Antarctica when the fire was reported in the ship’s port engine room just after 2 p.m. AEST on Tuesday, April 6.
The ship at the time was located about 550 NM north-east of Mawson Station, less than halfway between Antarctica and the southern tip of Australia. The Australian Antarctic Division, which charters the vessel, reports that the fire was quickly isolated and extinguished using the ship’s fire suppression systems.
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