A support vessel is on its way to meet Australia’s chartered Antarctic resupply vessel, MPV Everest, after a fire on board damaged the port engine last Monday.

The large offshore tug, GO Spica, departed the Port of Fremantle last night and is now under 70 nautical miles from MPV Everest and heading south.

While MPV Everest is continuing north under its own power, GO Spica was deployed as a precautionary measure taken by the ship’s owner, Maritime Construction Services.

All 109 expeditioners and crew on the vessel are safe and making preparations for their arrival into Fremantle.

The ships are due to berth late on Tuesday.