story of Maersk Honam is yet to reach an end. The fire claimed lives of five
seafarers and the misery of the cargo owners seem to continue with uncertainty
as to when they will receive their containers.
with 7, 860 boxes caught fire on 6 March in the Arabian Sea en route to the
Mediterranean viz Suez.
to the casualty website of Maersk-appointed average adjuster Richards Hogg
Lindley, containers stowed in holds 1-3 of the ship are believed to be a total
loss, due to fire and water damage.
stationary off Muscat, according to the media report, Maersk says the ship is
not at anchor. The vessel would be safely brought alongside and the cargo would
be discharged in a port with proper facilities and capabilities, according to a
spokesperson’s report; Jebel Ali, Dubai appears likely to be the port.
speculation on the reason for the delay in arriving at the nominated port of
refuge ranges from the ship being still “too hot” to berth, to disagreements on
be frustrating for importers since they will have to face severe disruption in
the supply chain; the disturbing facts are that they neither know the length of
the delay nor the extent of damage or no damage of their cargo. The case of the
smaller shippers is still worse facing almost disastrous ruin.
Maersk’s 2M partner, MSC, has not issued a customer advisory on the Maersk
Honam casualty since 21 March when it said: “We will only be able to clarify
the situation once the cargo has been discharged at the port of refuge and