Ultra Large Container Ship MAERSK HONAM major fire

Mar 6 2018 at 15:20 GMT, MAERSK HONAM reported a serious fire in a cargo hold. Enroute from Singapore towards Suez, the vessel is currently positioned around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. A total of 23 crew members were safely evacuated to the nearby vessel ALS CERES. Regrettably, 4 crew members remain missing. A Thai and a Filipino sailor, were in urgent need of medical care, currently receiving medical first aid on board ALS Ceres. One of the rescued seafarers, a Thai national, succumbed to injuries the following day. The vessel is carrying 7,860 containers.

Anxious shippers are advised to attempt to find out exact location of their containers. If containers are behind superstructure and further aft, obviously they have nothing to worry about. If their containers are loaded in fore section, they’d better start consulting insurers and lawyers.

According to Indian Coast Guard officials, there was a huge explosion, followed by major fire, which sprang up to ship’s bridge, some 25 meters high. Maersk Line said fire started in cargo hold, not on deck.

(Maritime Bulletin)