CAMJO MediaThe ship is currently above Terschelling
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 09:42
The burning freighter Fremantle Highway is currently “reasonably stable” north of Terschelling, the Coast Guard reports. The vessel is clearly visible from the island and is kept at the same location by the German vessel Fairplay 30, which took over the emergency towage connection from the vessel Hunter yesterday.
“That vessel tries to keep the ship in the same location as much as possible, depending on weather, wind and current,” says a spokesman for the Coast Guard.
A plan for a better towage connection is currently being worked on. To build it, people would have to board the ship. “It must be thoroughly investigated whether that is safe,” says the spokesman. The Coastguard hopes to be able to say more about the plans for the coming days later in the day.
Fire intensity decreased
Since yesterday, the intensity of the fire has decreased somewhat, but the fire is still raging and smoke is still visible.
The fire started north of Ameland on Wednesday. The 23 crew members were evacuated, one of them was killed. There are thousands of cars on board the ship. Until yesterday, the Fremantle Highway was continuously cooled, but this is no longer done to prevent too much water from entering the ship.
In addition to the Fairplay 30, four other ships, including an oil response vessel from Rijkswaterstaat, sail alongside the cargo ship. That ship, the Arca, is now used to guide shipping traffic in the area.