After a day and a half fighting against the flames at the yard of a shipyard in Bremen, the big fire was brought under control on Saturday. "According to operational management, a further spread is excluded," said Oliver Grün, spokesperson for the Lürssen shipyard. The fight against isolated fires on the ship is expected to continue until Sunday morning. By the end of Saturday afternoon, 180 Task Force from Bremen and the surrounding provinces were still in action. The number is gradually reduced. "We can not provide information about the cause of the damage or the extent of the damage," Grün said.
The fire broke out around 2 o'clock in the morning of Friday morning in a floating dock and a yacht in it. According to information from the "Weser-Kurier", the new building was a 146-meter-long million yacht named "Sassi", which would be ready by 2020. The yard did not provide any information.
On Saturday about 750 task forces from different cities and districts in different teams had tried to get the fire under control, as firefighter Andreas Desczka reported. Four people were easily injured during the operation. Three of them were transported to hospitals for treatment, according to the spokesman.
In addition to firefighters, employees of the Technical Assistance organization were also on site. "Such a fire in this dimension is a very special task for the fire brigade in Bremen," said Desczka. "It is definitely the biggest of the year, and it may even be one of the biggest bets in recent decades."
The fire in the yacht had presented the task forces with great challenges. In addition to many combustible materials, the small, hard-to-reach places in a fire were a problem, as Desczka explained. In addition, the ship is made of metal – with a high thermal conductivity. The work had become extremely difficult due to smoke and heat. According to him, ship fires are in principle more difficult to extinguish than domestic fires. "A building is clear, so a ship has limited access, it is an immense logistical effort."
A special unit of the Brunsbüttel fire brigade was in use during firefighting. This can be cut by a water jet under high pressure holes in the steel wall of the ship. Then the fire can be fought over the holes.
Until far into the Oldenburg country, the brown cloud of smoke above the floating dock of the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen-Vegesack was on Friday morning. On the spot itself, corrosive smoke makes it difficult to breathe in the morning. The board of the fire department, to keep windows and doors closed, still does not follow every resident. Too interesting is apparently what happens next door in the commercial area.
At about two o'clock in the night, the security service had raised the alarm and informed the fire brigade that a fire had broken out in the 210-meter-long and 45-meter-wide construction dock on board a luxury yacht under construction. Although the first task forces are already present after a few minutes, the fire is already out of control at this moment. Shortly afterwards the flames hit the roof of the enormous hall. Although in the course of the day a total of 200 firefighters will be deployed, the flood defense has not been able to control the fire, even at the end of the afternoon.
Help from the inside
Also from the western side of the Weser many defenses have been requested for support. Ventilation carriers are particularly needed. Only a limited amount of time can be spent under respiratory protection, after which the troops must be replaced. With the ferry Lemwerder-Vegesack we gradually established local troops from the municipalities of Lemwerder, Berne, Ganderkesee and Hude in their vehicles over the Weser.
Around 3 pm the task forces invaded the interior of the nearly 150-meter-long luxury yacht, where the fire spread to three decks. "It is narrow, dark and hot," Desczka describes the difficult conditions in the boat. Meanwhile, a structural engineer examines the state of the sooty black hall. Provisional result: despite the considerable damage to the largest building deck of the company, the building is not endangered. Even the experts from the Criminal Police are currently on site to search for indications of the cause of the fire.
According to Desczka, the ship was being operated at the time of the fire alarm. Nobody wants to say anything about whether there is a connection between the night work and the fire.
Meanwhile, on Lemwerderaner Weserufer, everything runs on Friday morning: cyclists enjoy their journey through the sun, walkers perform their dogs. Their eyes are all in the same direction – on the other side of the Weser. And this time they are not the brand new 136 meter long yacht with the project name "Shu", which is moored directly next to the construction dock. Her eyes are focused on the smoke that flows from the roof. Although it is clearly visible, the smell of fires on the west bank of the Weser, but no one in the air, the south-westerly wind is grateful. And so – unlike in Bremen-North – windows and doors can not be closed.
Here and there a few acquaintances for a quick Schnack along the dike together. Their subject is clear: the fire on the Bremer side – including speculation about the luxury yacht in the dock and the cause of the fire. There is no secured information here. But there are rumors that the 146 meters new building with the name "Sassi" is located in the docks. The 2020 must be transferred to their secret owner.
The shipyard continues to work at the Lürssen Lemwerder site. Employees who leave the factory premises have always heard the same: "No comment." Confidentiality is part of the business model of a manufacturer of luxury yachts.