A man has appeared before North Tyneside magistrates accused of starting a fire that caused more than eight hundred thousand pounds worth of damage to a ferry.
The King Seaways ship between North Shields and Amsterdam was 25 miles off the Yorkshire coast when the fire started in a cabin.
Six people had to be winched to hospital suffering smoke inhalation.
Boden George Hughes of Fulwell Road in Sunderland is charged with arson with intent to endanger life and affray.
Lucy Taylor reports.
26-year-old Boden George Hughes appeared before North Tyneside magistrates charged with committing arson with intent in that 'he damaged by fire cabin 568 of the King Seaways DFDS ferry to the value of approximately £815,000'.
The charge also stated that Hughes allegedly intended 'to destroy property or damage by recklessness as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged and intending by the damage to endanger the life of another'.
A man charged with arson after a ferry bound for Amsterdam caught fire allegedly caused £815,000 worth of damage to the vessel. 26-year-old Boden George Hughes is accused of setting fire to a cabin while onboard the DFDS boat King Seaways during the weekend.
The ferry, travelling from Newcastle to Holland, never reached its destination and was forced to turn around after the blaze on Saturday night (December 28).
At North Tyneside Magistrates Court Hughes, of Fulwell Road, Sunderland was charged with committing arson with intent in that he had 'damaged by fire cabin 568 of the King Seaways DFDS ferry to the value of approximately £815,000.'
The charge also stated that Hughes allegedly intended 'to destroy property or damage by recklessness as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged and intending by the damage to endanger the life of another.'
Hughes, who wore a grey sweatshirt and was sporting a black eye in the dock, spoke only to confirm his age, date of birth and address. He is also charged with affray in that he threatened 'unlawful violence towards another.'
There was no application for bail and Hughes was remanded in custody.
Hughes will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on January 14.
Police have charged a 26 year old with arson reckless to endangering life and affray following the outbreak of fire on a North Sea ferry on Saturday night (December 28).
Boden George Hughes of Fulwell Road in Sunderland will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, as Gregg Easteal reports, passengers have finally set sail for Holland.
Police have charged a 26-year-old man in connection with a fire started on a North Sea ferry on Saturday night.
Boden George Hughes of Fulwell Road in Sunderland has been charged with arson reckless to endangering life and affray.
He has been remanded in custody and will appear before North Tyneside magistrates tomorrow morning (December 31).
DFDS spokesperson Emma Batchelor says the emergency procedures carried out by crew following the fire on board a North Sea ferry on Saturday night were textbook.
Passengers on board a ferry struck by suspected arson are due to set sail again for Holland, later today (december 30).
The ship had to return to North Shields after the blaze broke out on Saturday night.
A 26-year-old man remains in custody, while a 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of affray has been bailed.
Gregg Easteal has been at the North Shields ferry terminal.
A ferry which had a fire, preventing passengers from travelling to the Netherlands, has now been deemed sea-worthy. It will set off for the destination at 5pm. Some passengers have already left, travelling to the Netherlands via Hull, but that ship doesn't leave Hull until 9pm.
A 28-year-old man, arrested after a fire on board a ferry to the Netherlands, has been bailed.
He was questioned on suspicion of affray after a fire in a cabin on the DFDS MS King Seaways on Saturday night.
A 26-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of arson, remains in police custody.
Passengers stranded after a fire on board a ferry from North Shields to the Netherlands are being transferred to Hull to catch another ferry.
Around 250 passengers will travel from Hull to Rotterdam this evening on a P&O ferry.
Another 9 are travelling to Zeebrugge in Belgium.
There were 946 passengers and 127 crew on board the DFDS Seaways ferry when a fire was discovered in a cabin on Saturday evening.
Two men are still being questioned by police.
DFDS is paying for the alternative transport on P&O ferries.