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The "ALPHONSE LETZER" replacing the "WAKER" was alerted to proceed to
the fishing vessel "SL-27 JOHANNES" (PEZN) which was on fire in position 53-07'0N 004-15'0E
on the 22nd of June around 15:15hr. At 15:25hr the "ALPHONSE LETZER"
was unmoored and underway to the fishing vessel. In the meantime several
other vessels were underway to the " SL-27
JOHANNES". The crew was already brought into safety by the small
fishing boat "HET SOP" which transferred to crew in a later stage to the "Hr.Ms
VAN NES". The "Hr.Ms VAN NES" acts as On-Scene Coordinator and
in the meantime the lifeboats
"GRAAF VAN BYLANDT", "BEURSPLEIN 5" and "JOHANNES FREDERIK"
arrived on scene. The buoy tender
"TERSCHELLING" already started with fighting the fire. From
the air the area was overlooked by the coastguard airplane. Later on the
"VISAREND" and several vessels of company Noordgat arrived on
As direct danger
for the crew of "SL-27 JOHANNES" is gone, two lifeboats and
several other fishing vessels which arrived on scene were dismissed.
When the fire returned under control the master of the "SL-27 JOHANNES"
returned with a navy helicopter to the "SL-27 JOHANNES" and
was lowered onto deck on 17:30hr followed by the people of company Noordgat.
At 17:40hr "ALPHONSE LETZER" arrives on location but won't
have to come in actions as direct danger for shipping and platforms does
not exist. Later the "ARCA" of Rijkswaterstaat arrives on location.
In cooperation with the salvors the decision was taken to stop with
fighting the fire as it was not know how much water was inside the
vessel and if the stability was still within limits. After signing the
salvage contract by Noordgat, the "TERSCHELLING" started with removal of
the fishing tackle which was still filled with fish. The "TERSCHELLING"
is equipped with a large crane and was able to take the fishing gear on
deck. At 19:35hr the tug "NOORDGAT" arrives on location and
connected up to the "SL-27 JOHANNES". After consultation of
the Dutch Coastguard the decision was taken to tow the "SL-27 JOHANNES"
to Stellendam under escort of the "TERSCHELLING". All other
units returned to their normal routine and the "ALPHONSE LETZER"
returned to Den Helder where she moored at 23:10hr.