The cargo ferry Noord Nederland caught fire at Port of Harlingen, Netherlands. The vessel was docked at the terminal and prepared to leave en route to the offshore islands, but the diesel generator started smoking and inflamed. The fire engulfed the engine compartment and shore firefighters were deployed to assist. After several hours, the flames were completely extinguished without causing any injuries. After good ventilation of the engine compartment, the firefighters and crew estimated the damages. It was found that there were no serious problems for propulsion system and hull of the vessel. The investigation for the root cause of the fire is under way.
The local authorities made a special survey and inspection of the vessel. It was found the cargo ferry Noord Nederland is seaworthy and the ferry returned in service. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The cargo ferry Noord Nederland (IMO: 9269611) has overall length of 49.00 m, moulded beam of 15.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 204 DWT and the gross tonnage is 361 GRT. The vessel is built in 2002 by Harwood Aluminiumand STeel Boats in Australia.