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Fire-hit Antarctic ship nears Fremantle



Australia’s fire-damaged Antarctic resupply ship will soon return to the country carrying expeditioners, some who haven’t seen home in more than a year.

The MPV Everest, sailing on auxiliary power after fire tore through its port side engine room last Monday, is expected to reach Fremantle on Tuesday night.

The chartered ship was originally set to dock in Hobart but was diverted to a closer port following the blaze, which destroyed two inflatable boats on deck.

None of the 109 people aboard, including some 70 expeditioners, were injured.

Camera IconThe MPV Everest continues to travel north under its own power. Credit: AAP

Some of them had been in Antarctica for almost 18 months, well beyond their scheduled stay due to coronavirus which…

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