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Boskalis and Multraship have been appointed by the Japanese ship owner to salvage the burning car carrier Fremantle Highway. The ship is still north of Ameland, where two emergency tugs try to keep the side walls of the ship cool.

Boskalis is no stranger to Shoei Kisen Kaisha, owner of the car carrier. In 2021, the EVER GIVEN blocked the Suez Canal for six days, that ship is also owned by Shoei Kisen Kaisha. It was then also Boskalis subsidiary Smit Salvage who managed to free the ship from its precarious position. Both parties disagree about the salvage costs. "In times of need you come together again," Boskalis CEO Peter Berdowski said to De Telegraaf.

When the salvage of the FREMANTLE HIGHWAY can start is unclear. The shipping company has instructed a salvage company to salvage the burning ship as soon as possible. The ship is held in position by a towing connection with HUNTER, a tug of Rederij Noordgat from Terschelling. On both sides, larger tugboats are busy cooling the ship in distress. That is not for the purpose of extinguishing the fire. Extinguishing the fire in the cargo hold with water is too risky. It increases the chance that the ship will become unstable and sink. That would cause an environmental disaster above the Wadden Islands.

Multraship and Boskalis previously worked together to salvage a rudderless ship. Both were involved in the recovery of the JULIETTA D.

Source : The Telegraaf