Crew Jump Ship, 1 Dead, in Cargo Ship Blaze
One person has been killed and several injured after crew had to evacuate a major blaze on a vehicle-carrying cargo ship sailing near the Netherlands' coastline on its way to Port Said in Egypt.
Early reports indicate that a malfunctioning electric car is suspected to be the cause behind the fire.
The cargo ship had well over 20 members on board, with many suffering injuries and one fatality.
Surviving crew members had to be rescued via a fleet of boats and helicopters
The burning ship has been identified as the Fremantle Highway, a vehicle carrier that was transporting nearly 3,000 cars, 25 of them electric, from the German port of Bremen to Port Said in Egypt.
It has now been confirmed that the ship has been towed out of major shipping lines while salvage works continue, as well as investigations into what led to the electric car catching alight.
The blaze will undoubtedly bring into question several major themes for the maritime sector to answer.
Among these will be the safety of high-tech electric vehicles, the safety of crew members at sea, and evacuation strategies in the event of emergency.