THE RO-RO vessel Fremantle Highway was still burning early on Friday morning, and there were reports of an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Fremantle Highway caught fire on Tuesday night (25 July) while sailing off the coast of the Netherlands with 2857 cars on board. Around 25 of those cars were electric.

The Panama-flagged vessel is owned by Shoei Kisen Kaisha and chartered by “K” Line. Both companies confirmed one Indian crewmember had died. Several others were injured.

A report from Reuters suggests the Panama Maritime Authority has launched an investigation and the Netherlands was expected to assist the inquiry.

Reuters reported that Fremantle Highway had drifted westward in international waters from its initial location just off the island Ameland in the direction of the island Terschelling.

The islands are on the northernmost tip of the Netherlands and comprise part of the Wadden Sea. Reuters noted the area is world heritage listed.

Fremantle Highway (IMO 9667344) is 199.97 meters long (LOA) and was built in 2013.