Hybrid Car Causes Ferry Fire:
Yesterday’s fire on the Pearl of Scandinavia is now thought to have been caused by a short-circuit in the battery chargers on the car deck.
DFDS, which owns the ferry, has now banned the use of the chargers on board its ferries.
“We’re temporarily banning electrical charging on the deck for safety reasons until we have reached a firm conclusion on the cause of the fire,” Gert Jakobsen of DFDS told TV2.
A Nissan car, which had been converted from petrol to electric, caught fire on the deck. The owner of the car, Søren Ekelund, believes the fire was caused by a short-circuit in an extension cable connected to a socket on the deck.
“I reckon the short-circuit was caused by dampness, so the socket may not have been completely water tight,” Ekelund told TV2.
Jakobsen said yesterday that it would take six days to repair the damages and resume the ferry’s normal services.
“We are in contact with ticket holders and are offering them alternative travel arrangements,” Jakobsen told The Copenhagen Post.
The Pearl’s sister ship, the Crown of Scandinavia, also in service on the Oslo-Copenhagen stretch, will continue as scheduled. AP