The devastating fire at Janssen & Renkhoff destroyed four yachts
The Janssen & Renkhoff shipyard is completely burned out, only the outer shell and some inner walls are still there. The fire has spread over the roof, witnesses report that it broke out on the upper floor of the hall. Small groups of owners and residents keep gathering in front of the barriers and stare in disbelief into the interior of the hall. The ships standing there have melted into misshapen lumps of plastic.
Thedje Ancker, managing director of Ancker Yachting and lessor of the hall to the boat yard Janssen & Renkhoff, says: "Four yachts were completely destroyed, two more were rescued with minor damage." You are now in the outdoor area; a yacht has clear scorch marks on its charred stern.
So the damage is less than originally reported, but for the shipyard it still means: total loss. Both the shipyard and the office were housed in the hall. The cause of the fire is still completely unclear, the Schleswig criminal police have started the investigation and will examine the shipyard building together with experts today. How things will continue for the shipyard at Janssen & Renkhoff is now completely uncertain. The shipyard could not yet be reached for an inquiry.
A large charred lump is all that was left of a yacht after the fire
The most likely cause of the accident is currently a technical defect: According to the designer Marc-Oliver von Ahlen, who also has his office on the Ancker site, the shipyard employees were on the weekend at the time of the fire on Saturday afternoon.
Whether the affected owners get their damage reimbursed depends on the type of insurance they have: Pure boat liability is not sufficient - damage in winter storage is only included in the case of comprehensive insurance.
The shipyard has now issued an initial statement on the fire:
The shipyard continues
The shipyard Yachtbau Janssen & Renkhoff, whose workshop was destroyed by a major fire last Saturday, continues to work despite the major damage. The shipyard operations are relocated to one of the neighboring halls, so that work continues with only a slight delay.
Last Saturday, shortly after noon, a fire broke out in the shipyard. A former employee of the shipyard, who happened to be on the site, noticed the fire and tried to put it out while his companion informed the fire brigade. He had to leave the building because of the already heavy smoke development. The fire brigade, which arrived a short time later, was able to prevent the fire from spreading to the neighboring halls. People were not harmed. However, the 4 yachts standing in the shipyard were victims of the flames. The cause of the fire is not yet known, the police are still investigating.