All fire has now been put out aboard Fernanda, the freight ship that currently lies outside the coast of Reykjanes, Southwest Iceland. Fire fighters boarded the ship this morning. In order to cool it down, resin will be pumped into the ship’s engine room.
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Last night, the Coast Guard ship Þór towed Fernanda westwards to a lee off the coast of Reykjanes peninsula. According to supervisor of operations at the Icelandic Coast Guard, all fire has now been extinguished.
“They did not detect any fire or smoke, and not that much heat, which makes it evident that the fire is out in the ship but it is clear that there hasn’t been that much heat there considering the bent steel and so on,” Ásgrímur told ruv.is.
The next step is to pump an extinguishing agent into the ship’s engine room in order to cool it down and make sure that all embers are put out. Having made sure of that, the ship will be towed to harbor and oil pumped off it. It has yet to be decided where the ship will be taken.
According to Ásgrímur, the extinguishing of the fire as well as other rescue operations relating to Fernanda proved to be immensely expensive. However the cost has not yet been calculated and will only be once the operation is complete. The ship’s insurance company is expected to cover the cost.
“It is truly the Coast Guard’s wish that as much as possible, and even the total amount, will be reimbursed, but the matter will all be handled according to a predetermined process.”