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The Foreigner Norway trawler in Antarctic rescue operation. Norwegian krill trawler crew saved 97 Chinese anglers after their ship caught fire in Antarctica, Wednesday. The Kai Xin fishing factory vessel, which had left Uruguay, started burning when it just off the Antarctic coast, forcing the crew to abandon ship. Chilean authorities say Norwegian ship Juvel was 55 kilometres (about 34 miles) from Chile’s Bernardo O'Higgins research base near the Antarctic Peninsula’s northern tip at the time.

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Norway trawler in Antarctic rescue operation

Published on Thursday, 18th April, 2013 at 07:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 18th April 2013 at 09:21.

Norwegian krill trawler crew saved 97 Chinese anglers after their ship caught fire in Antarctica, Wednesday.



The Kai Xin fishing factory vessel, which had left Uruguay, started burning when it just off the Antarctic coast, forcing the crew to abandon ship.

Chilean authorities say Norwegian ship Juvel was 55 kilometres (about 34 miles) from Chile’s Bernardo O'Higgins research base near the Antarctic Peninsula’s northern tip at the time.

Whilst it is unclear how much fuel it is carrying aboard, it was not believed that the Chinese-crewed ship is in danger of sinking.

According to Captain Juan Marcelo Villegas, maritime governor for Chile’s portion of Antarctica, the Chilean Navy may send a tug to take it to harbour if possible, the Associated Press reported him as saying.

The tug is currently based in Punta Arenas, near South America’s southern tip.

“At the moment the weather conditions are pretty favourable. There’s little wind and the ocean conditions are good, so, for the moment, there’s no imminent risk of sinking,” said Captain Villegas.

Stig Remøy, who owns Olympic Seafood, operates krill trawler Juvel. The company’s head office is in Fosnavåg in the municipality of Herøy, Møre og Romsdal County.

Juvel’s multi-national crew of some 50 persons is under the command of Norwegian officers, local paper Sunnmørsposten explains.

Mr Remøy tells the paper, “The Chinese crew was on board Juvel for a few hours. Our people were in contact with the Chilean Coast Guard and transferred the crew further on.”

Panamanian-flagged ship Skyfrost, belonging to China, was also on its way to the area, with capacity to take the rescued sailors aboard.

Environmentalists Greenpeace are very critical to fishing in the Antarctic.

According to them, the Kai Xin fishing factory vessel is part of an international fleet of approximately 50 vessels the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has authorised to fish there.

“This Chinese fishing ship that's on fire has permission to fish for krill”, wrote Greenpeace’s Milko Schvartzman, an anti-overfishing campaigner at the organisation in an email.

“They don't know how the ecosystem might be affected by fishing for krill, which forms part of the foundation for the entire ocean food chain,” he continued.

Norway is a major fisher of this species.



Published on Thursday, 18th April, 2013 at 07:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 18th April 2013 at 09:21.

This post has the following tags: norwayfishing, norwayrescueoperation, krillfishing.





  
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