28 July 2023 at 08:54
The fire on board the car freighter that is now floating above Terschelling is now less fierce than in recent days. Experts are trying to get more information about the fire on Friday so that they can make a plan to enter the ship in the coming days.
The priority is still to ensure that the Fremantle Highway does not tip over or drift away. The weather was calm for the past 24 hours, according to the coastguard. As a result, the vessel has hardly changed location.
A Coast Guard aircraft is used, among other things, to gather the necessary information. For example, it concerns the question of where on board the fire is most intense and how threatening the heat still is for any salvors. There is also a lot of smoke on board, which can hinder the work.
A new emergency connection to the Fremantle Highway, which was built on Thursday, should prevent the still-burning ship from ending up in the shipping lanes on the North Sea.
For the time being, ship floated in a controlled manner on wind
According to the coastguard, the new connection with the tugboat Fairplay 30 is stronger than that with the Hunter, which until now kept the burning ship under control north of the Wadden Sea.
Over the past day, the Fremantle Highway drifted “controlled” on the wind and current to the west. When the current turned to the east at the end of the day, an attempt was made to turn the burning ship and steer it in that direction as well. However, because the wind direction also changed, this plan was adjusted.
The Fairplay 30 now keeps the ship in place, between the shipping routes and about 16 kilometers north of Terschelling.
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