Sparta in the ice. (Photo from Reuters video)The Russian fishing vessel Sparta is free from the ice which held the ship for nearly two weeks.

The 48-metre (157-feet) Sparta, with a crew of 32, had been anchored to the Antarctic ice shelf around 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km) southeast of New Zealand after ice ripped a hole in its hull and it started taking on water on Dec 15.

The ship will be escorted to open water where it will meet its sister ship.

No heavy fuel leaked from the ship, only a small amount of light hydrolic oil.

Here is a video from Reuters where the ship is shown, and its repairs as well.

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