According to Chinese media, one of the country’s icebreaker research ships – the Xue Long (Snow Dragon) – has crashed into an iceberg.
The ship collided with the iceberg in western Antarctica's Amundsen Sea, which was apparently shrouded in fog at the time of the crash, says the South China Morning Post, citing a report from Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.
The crash shattered the ship's mast and left 250 metric tons of snow and ice piled up on the deck.
However, the vessel's crew was uninjured.
The ship was traveling at 3 knots at the time of the collision.
The Xue Long is a key player in China's Arctic ambitions.
It made its first voyage through the Northwest Passage in 2017, and it is the first Chinese polar research ship to have successfully navigated all three of the main Arctic shipping routes.
The vessel was on its 35th Antarctic voyage at the time of the recent collision.
While China has three light icebreakers, Xue Long is the country's only icebreaker research ship.