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Fire damaged cargo ship carrying thousands of cars in tow

Cargo ship “Fremantle Highway” has successfully arrived at the port of Eemshaven in the Netherlands after a severe fire in the North Sea. With nearly 4,000 cars, the ship caught fire while en route from Germany to Egypt.

Tragically, one crew member lost his life during the incident, while the rest of the 22 crew members survived, with seven resorting to a daring escape by jumping into the sea. Most of the crew were from India.

The fire continued for days on the 11-deck ship, raising concerns about possible environmental damage in the Wadden Sea, a World Heritage Site on the shores of the North Sea. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, with some speculating that it could have been caused by an electric vehicle battery causing an explosion.

Of the nearly 4,000 cars on board, 498 were electric vehicles, which added complexity to the situation.

When the fire was finally contained, the authorities made the quick decision to bring the “Fremantle Freeway” to the port of Eemshaven. The priority was to prevent any possible environmental disaster by ensuring the safety of the ship in a nearby safe harbor.

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