fire-damaged Maersk Honam will be towed to Jebel Ali where its undamaged cargo
will be offloaded, according to a statement from Mediterranean Shipping
Company, Maersk’s partner in the 2M shipping alliance.
statement to its customer issued Thursday, MSC said it has been informed by
Maersk that the Maersk Honam will be headed for Jebel Ali, but it may still be
two weeks before the vessel and it’s ETA has not yet been confirmed.
353-meter Maersk Honam, an ultra-large container ship (ULCS) only recently
delivered in 2017, caught fire on March 6 in the Arabian Sea en route to the
Mediterranean Sea, via the Suez Canal. The incident claimed the lives of five
crew members. The remains of three out of four of the missing crew members were
found onboard Maersk Honam, Maersk announced about a week after the fire
out to Maersk Line for comment and received the following statement:
remains under control and salvage work continues, led by Smit and Ardent.The
focus is on completing plans to bring Maersk Honam alongside in a suitable port
and discharge the cargo. Maersk Honam will most likely be towed to Jebel
Ali, Dubai; however, it will probably take a few weeks and further investigations
before we will be able to bring the vessel alongside.
to AIS data received 11 hours ago, the three tugs believed be with
the Maersk Honam – the Maersk Involver, Posh Perseverance and Amazon Chieftan Z
– reported their location in the northern Arabian Sea heading north at about 4
Honam was reported by Maersk to be carrying a total of 7,860 containers,
corresponding to 12,416 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent). The fire, which is now
out, ripped through the entire forward section of the ship from bow to the
superstructure, destroying hundreds if not thousands of containers. Most cargo
behind the superstructure appears to be intact.
loss forced Maersk to declare general average on 9 March and the
company appointed Liverpool-based average adjuster Richards Hogg Lindley to collect
the necessary GA security. The basic concept of GA is that all losses,
including salvage, port, and transfer costs, are shared between surviving
“Based on a
limited amount of information to hand, MSC reasonably expects that a
substantial proportion of the cargo located after, behind the ship’s
accommodation area should be in sound condition,” MSC said in its update to
customers on Thursday. “Unfortunately, we must assume, based on the details to
date, that most containers located in front of the accommodation area are
damaged by fire, heat or the water used to fight the fire.
only be able to clarify the situation once the cargo has been discharged at the
port of refuge and inspected,” the update said.
The Singapore-flagged Maersk Honam was delivered
in 2017 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. It has a nominal capacity
of 15,262 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit).