liner vessel Maersk Honam, which was hit by a serious fire on 6 March, will
reach anchorage outside the Jebel Ali Port (UAE) on Tuesday 24 April 2018,
according to a release.
353-meter Maersk Honam caught fire on
March 6 in the Arabian Sea around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman
while en route to the Mediterranean Sea, via the Suez CanaFire
Firefighting activities were initiated
by the Indian Coast Guard followed by vessels with special firefighting
capabilities and salvage operations were led by Smit Salvage and Ardent – two
best-in-class companies within maritime salvage
After careful evaluation, finally Jebel
Ali was chosen as most suitable to accommodate the vessel.
Hotspots, however, continued to burn on
board the vessel.
anchorage hot spots in affected areas will be completely extinguished and
further work to stabilise the vessel and bring it alongside will be carried
out,” Maersk said in a statement. “Maersk Line expects this work to take 4-5
weeks, whereafter Maersk Honam will be moved alongside for discharge operations
At the time of the fire, the Maersk Honam was carrying a total
of 7,860 containers, corresponding to 12,416 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent). The
fire tore through the entire cargo area forward of the ship’s
All impacted customers have been contacted directly.
Of the 27 crew members on board at the time of the fire, 23
abandoned ship and were picked up by a commercial vessel in the area. One of
the 23 crew members who evacuated later died from injuries.
“22 crew members who were safely evacuated from the vessel have
travelled home and are reunited with their families. Maersk Line continues to
maintain regular contact and offer support to them,” Maersk Line said
“The remains of three of the four missing crew members who were
found onboard the vessel remain unidentified,” Maersk said. “After the remains
were discovered they were immediately transferred to Mumbai, India, where local
authorities are working on identification. Maersk Line is closely collaborating
with the concerned authorities who oversee the identification process, ensuring
this progresses as efficiently as possible. Frequent contact with the relatives
of the lost crew members is maintained, with an offer of continued support in
this challenging time for them.”
Maersk Line says a full investigation will be conducted in collaboration
with relevant authorities to determine the cause of the fire. “A further
assessment of the impact to the vessel and cargo will take place when the
vessel has arrived alongside in the port,” the company said.
Delivered in 2017, the Maersk Honam has a nominal capacity of
15,262 TEU. She sails under the Singapore flag.