Sunday 18th Nov, 2018

Maersk Honam to be towed

Photo: Jim Wilson
Photo: Jim Wilson

STRICKEN vessel Maersk Honam is to be towed to the Middle Eastern port of Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates, Maersk Line says.

The box ship caught fire earlier in the month while sailing through the Arabian Sea, an accident that claimed the lives of at least three and probably four crew members.

Maersk has already expressed its condolences.

In relation to cargo, Maersk says it expects that a substantial proportion of the cargo located behind the ship’s accommodation area to be in a sound condition.

“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,” Maersk stated.

“We will only be able to clarify the situation once the cargo has been discharged at the port of refuge and inspected.”

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