Australian Antarctic supply ship erupts in flames
An investigation is underway after an Australian Antarctic resupply vessel erupted in flames with more than 100 crew on board.
The MPV Everest was making its way to Hobart, Tasmania when a fire began in the engine room just after 2pm on Monday.
The ship was located about 550 nautical miles north-east of Mawson Station in Australian Antarctic Territory and had 109 crew and expedition staff on board at the time.
The ship’s crew activated the engine room’s water-mist fire suppression system to extinguish the fire.
Roughly three hours later, the fire had been put out with no crew injured during the incident.
The ship will continue on to Fremantle, rather than Hobart.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has begun an investigation into the cause of the fire