Fishing vessel with 39 crew disabled, trapped in Antarctic ice

Fishing vessel HONGJIN NO.707 with 39 crew on board lost steering and/or propulsion after contacting ice floe in the Antarctic, E of Zuchelli Station, Terra Nova Bay, some 1,600 nm S of Southern Island, NZ, reportedly on Jan 10. The crew tried to fix damages, but failed, and contacted Korean authorities, requesting assistance. Korean research icebreaker ARAON responded, and was said to reach disabled fishing vessel on Jan 14, most probably taking her on tow.
Fishing vessel HONGJIN NO.707, IMO 8608822, GT 857, built 1986, flag South Korea.
Icebreaker ARAON, IMO 9490935, GT 7507, built 2009, flag South Korea, owner Korea institute of Ocean Science and Technology.



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