MV Fernanda Heads to Breakers in Iceland

Image courtesy Icelandic Coast Guard
Image courtesy Icelandic Coast Guard

The MV Fernanda has lost its battle with an engine room fire and the ship will now head to a site for demolition.

An update Wednesday from the Icelandic Coast Guard said that the MV Fernanda, a 1981-built Ro/Ro cargo ship, will be brought to a dock at a steel factory where it will be broken up and recycled.

FULL COVERAGE: MV Fernanda Cargo Ship Fire

The fire broke out in the engine room of the ship last Wednesday, October 3o. All eleven crewmembers were subsequently airlifted to safety shortly after the fire broke out.

Fighting the fire was the Coast Guard patrol vessel Thor, which at one point towed the smoldering vessel into port only to have the fire flare up again. The vessel was then towed, again by the Thor, out to sea to an area of Faxafloi bay that would allow for continued firefighting and to minimize the environmental impact if the ship were to sink.

Firefighters and Coast Guard crews made good progress in fighting the fire over the weekend were able to board the vessel Monday to confirm that the fire had been put out. All concerned parties met Tuesday to discuss the best course of action for the hulk.

The 75-meter MV Fernanda is registered in Dominica and was built in 1981, according to the Icelandic Coast Guard.