Repairing Olga takes longer than expected
The reparation of Maersk Panamax’s container ship Olga Maersk, which had a fire in it’s engine room while heading from Panama to Cartagena on January 29, will not be finished before February 23 2019.
“If the ship has been repaired by this date Olga Maersk will be 8-9 days behind schedule, and will therefore be overtaken by MV Spirit of Sydney on the journey 907S”, Hapag-Loyd writes in an update.
The two container ships will trade places in the rotation on the Australia / New Zealand service via Panama. Once Olga Maersk has been repaired, the ship will make stops in Manzanillo, Panama / Cartagena, Colombia / Manzanillo, Panama to pick up dry cargo from week 7 and 8 2019.
The Danish container ship Olga Maersk, which is being repaired by Hamburg Süd, was struck with fire in its engine room while located 120 nautical miles from Colon in Panama. The crew onboard managed to put out the fire and no one was injured.
Olga Maersk returned to sail, but instead of sailing to Cartagena as planned the ship turned around and went to Colon in order to be repaired. The ship arrived in Colon two days after the fire and has been at the shipyard since. The initial hopes were that the ship would be ready by February 16.
Olga Maersk has a capacity of 3.028 TEU and is 237 meters long. It was built in 2003 and it is the largest ship built in Volkswerft Stralsund.