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Cargo recovery has begun after a major fire on a motor freighter

Cargo recovery has begun after a major fire on a motor freighter

After the devastating fire on a motor freighter off the Dutch coast, the salvage of the cargo has begun. Salvage companies Boskalis and Multraship were quoted in the media as saying that cars on the bottom four of the twelve decks of the “Fremantle Highway” had to be removed from the ship after going through a car wash. The fact that cars are still washed on board has environmental reasons. Dirty water is collected and disposed of.

According to the companies, the rescue operation, which began on Saturday, will take more than a week. In the port of Imshafen in the north-east of the country near the German border, cars are parked in a specially protected area. What happens to them next is up to the car manufacturers and freight inspectors to decide. The upper decks were so badly damaged by the fire that the carriages there were melted to the deck. According to experts, about 2,700 of the nearly 3,800 cars on board were destroyed and may not be recoverable.

The Japanese freighter was towed to Eemshaven in early August after the fire had raged for several days. The cause of the fire is still unknown and investigation is underway. According to the first information from the Coast Guard immediately after the fire, the electric vehicle could be the starting point for the fire. The North Sea, islands and natural areas of the Wadden Sea were threatened by the oil spill. One person died while evacuating the ship.

The “Fremantle Highway” could remain in port on the Dutch side of the Emes estuary until 14 October. From there the freighter is towed to another location where it will be scrapped or repaired.

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