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Fire contained on MPV Everest

01 Everest Wade Maurer AAD

Australia's Antarctic resupply ship is continuing its journey back to Hobart after a fire broke out, leaving expeditioners and crew shaken but unhurt.

The blaze on board chartered vessel MPV Everest was contained and extinguished after it broke out about 2pm on Monday afternoon.

The Australian Antarctic Division says all 109 people on board are safe and there are no injuries.

“The fire was detected in the vessel’s port-side engine room. The room was quickly isolated to contain the fire, before it was extinguished by the fire suppression systems,” the AAD's General Manager of Operations and Safety Charlton Clark said.

“The ship has maintained full power capabilities and is currently continuing its course northwards at 9 knots, using a separate starboard engine room.”

It's not known what caused the fire, but will be investigated by the ship’s owner Maritime Construction Services.

“The crew and expeditioners on the vessel did an incredible job responding to what was a very challenging situation in the middle of the Southern Ocean,” Mr Clark said

The ship had been resupplying Davis and Mawson research stations in east Antarctica.

It's due to dock in Hobart mid-April.

A further update is expected this afternoon.


 Image supplied: Wade Maurer