Fire on ship could last days

31st January 2007, Comments 0 comments

31 January 2007, AMSTERDAM – It could be days before a fire raging onboard a deep-sea fishing ship in the Velsen port is completely extinguished, fire brigade commander Sieb Paauwe said on Tuesday.

31 January 2007

AMSTERDAM – It could be days before a fire raging onboard a deep-sea fishing ship in the Velsen port is completely extinguished, fire brigade commander Sieb Paauwe said on Tuesday.

The danger of explosion during the day was reduced by late afternoon. Any explosion now would only affect the ship and the area a few metres around it.

House-boat residents in the area were evacuated on Tuesday after the fire broke out

The fire brigade called in the help of an inspector from salvage company Wijsmuller and a specialist from the shipping inspectorate to stabilise the fishing ship.

A spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday morning that the fire brigade would resume efforts to extinguish once the ship was adequately stabilised. The fire brigade stopped spraying water on the ship on Tuesday evening because there was a danger of it capsizing from the large amounts of water on board.

Three oil screens were also placed around the ship to prevent any oil from leaking into the surrounding areas.


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Subject: Dutch news

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