Maersk plans to repair burned ship
Maersk Line plans to repair the container vessel Maersk Honam that fell victim to a large fire earlier this year in March, which took the lives of five crewmembers and caused severe damage to the ship and freight onboard.
"As of right now, we intent to repair the ship" says a spokesperson from Maersk Line to World Maritime News.
The decision is based on the initial evaluations of the ships condition after the so-called "hotspots" onboard have been put out.
Maersk Honam is still lying in the waters off Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates, but is soon expected to be able to be dragged to shore.
"The process of emptying the ship for the water that has been used for fire extinguishing is still ongoing and is expected to be over soon. We expect the ship to be dragged to the terminal on May 27. When the ship is at the terminal, the unloading will start. We expect this to take between four and seven days if everything goes accordingly. The state of the ship will then be evaluated further, "said the spokesman from Maersk Line.
The fire broke out at 16.20 Danish time on the 15,262 teu large container ship, as it was located approximately 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah in Oman on the way from Singapore to the Suez Canal.
23 crewmembers were evacuated. Four crewmembers died onboard the vessel while one of the salvaged crewmembers died later due to injuries from the incident.
Maersk Honam was built in 2017 and is thereby one of the newest in Maersk Line's fleet. There were 7,860 containers onboard the ship.
Source: World Maritime News / Maritime Danmark