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Burnt-out Fremantle Highway cargo ship arrives at Rotterdam

The car carrier Fremantle Highway arrived in Rotterdam on 23 September nearly two months after a fire broke out on the ship.

The ship left the Eemshaven in Groningen two days earlier, where she had been moored since early August.

The vessel as towed to Damen Verolme Shiprepair in Botlek, where she will be partially dismantled to carry out repair work. Cleanup and inspections will also be carried out at Damen.

The company expects the work to take about four to five months, but it is not clear what will happen to the ship afterwards, and whether she will in fact return to service.

On the night of 25-26 July a fire broke out on board while the ship was at sea north of Ameland. One person lost their life, and several were injured.

Fremantle Highway had more than 3,700 cars on board at the time of the fire, including nearly 500 electric cars. Due to their battery packs, electric cars can burn for a long time and are complicated to extinguish.

On 3 August the ship was towed to Eemshaven on the German/Netherlands border. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Photo by Pieter Melissen/shipspotting.com

 


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