SHOCKING photos show the aftermath of a devastating fire aboard a cargo ship that left 2,700 cars incinerated.
The 18,500 tonne ship caught fire in the North Sea carrying a heavy load of luxury cars, including BMWs and Mercedes, estimated to be worth almost £100million.
The fire raged along the Fremantle Highway last month, sparking a major emergency response that saw helicopters and boats scramble to save the crew.
The boat was en route from Germany to Egypt when a fire broke out off the Dutch coast on July 26.
One crew member died in the fire, several others were injured and flown to the hospital due to smoke inhalation.
The first photos to emerge after the intense floating inferno show a graveyard full of cars on the upper decks.
On these floors, only the skeletons of cars burned almost to dust remain.
The burned vehicles are no longer recognizable after they have been melted into the ship’s structure.
It was initially reported by emergency services that an electric car battery was responsible for the fire, but the rescue team later questioned this claim.
The cause of the fire is still unclear as salvage companies continue to insist the investigation is ongoing.
Around 1,100 cars, including 500 electric vehicles, survived the fire because they were parked on the transport company’s lower floors.
The laborious unloading of the recyclable cars began on Saturday in the Dutch port of Eemshaven at the mouth of the Ems.
Roadworthy cars could be driven out of the wreckage of the cargo ship after being thoroughly washed to properly dispose of the sewage.
The technology and appearance of the intact cars now have to be carefully checked again.
The goal of the difficult unloading mission is to get 1,000 cars from the lower decks in less than a week.
The huge ship is allowed to stay there until the end of October and will then be towed to another location where it will likely be scrapped.