7 Apr 2021
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has launched an investigation into a fire onboard an Antarctic resupply vessel, with the stricken ship still days from reaching Australia.
- No-one was injured in the fire, the ship’s operator said
- The captain has changed course and is heading for the closest Australian port, Fremantle
- The fire has knocked out one of the ship’s engines
The MPV Everest will dock in Fremantle, Western Australia, rather than Hobart, after a fire on Monday “engulfed” the port engine room and “destroyed two inflatable rubber boats stored on the deck”.
None of the 109 people among the expedition party and crew were injured in the incident, the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) said in a statement.
The ship is operated by Dutch-based company Maritime Construction Services.