The Norwegian krill fishing vessel Juvel saved all 97 crew members who were on board the Chinese factory fishing ship Kai Xin which caught fire last Wednesday, 17 April. At the time, the Kai Xin was 55 kilometres from Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins research station off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Favourable sea conditions meant there was low risk of the ship sinking. The Chilean navy yesterday advised it was sending a vessel to the scene to tow the Kai Xin to harbour and thereby minimising the risk of any environmental damage.
Both Juvel and Kai Xin are two of 45 fishing vessels licensed to fish in CCAMLR-managed waters surrounding the Antarctic.
Photo released by Chile's Air Force