Marine safety investigations & reports

Engine room fire on board MPV Everest, 550 NM north-east of Mawson Station, Australian Antarctic Territory, 5 April 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a fire on board the Australian Antarctic Division's chartered resupply vessel MPV Everest, about 550 NM north-east of Mawson Station, Australian Antarctic Territory, on 5 April 2021.

At about 1417 AEST, a fire was reported in the port engine room of MPV Everest while it was en route from Mawson Station in the Australian Antarctic Territory to Hobart, Tasmania with 109 crew and expedition staff on board. The ship's crew activated the port engine room's water-mist fire suppression system and boundary cooled the engine room. By about 1740, the fire was reported extinguished. The ship resumed passage for Hobart at reduced speed with propulsion powered by the unaffected starboard engine room. The ship’s master subsequently decided to divert to Fremantle, Western Australia. 

There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant persons and obtain other evidence, including recorded data.

A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 05 April 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1417 AEST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 550 NM north-east of Mawson Station, Australian Antarctic Territory   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: International    
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2022    

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel MPV Everest  
Flag Bahamas  
IMO 9769130  
Sector Other  
Type of operation Supply  
Damage to vessel Substantial  
Departure point Mawson Station, Australian Antarctic Territory  
Destination Hobart, Tasmania  
Last update 09 April 2021