Chopped Maersk Honam heading for South Korea

Giant container ship Maersk Honam is, in part, on her way from Dubai to Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea, the yard in which she was originally built, where reconstruction will take place. It was recently off Sri Lanka, as Maersk published pictures of the two-thirds-vessel being towed/carried on her way.

The 15,262 teu ship was hit by a severe fire in March 2018 last year in the Arabian Sea. Five crew died in the incident.

The sound part of the vessel has been cut away from the burnt aft and is being hauled to South Korea on the Xin Guang Hua heavylift ship.

The heavylift vessel will deliver the 228.5 m-long section (from midship to stern) to HHI in March. The sound section of Maersk Honam will be joined with a newbuild forward section. The former, burnt, forward section is moored at Drydock World Dubai for continued removal of damaged containers and debris. Once cleaned, that section will be recycled.

Maersk has said that it hopes the ship ill re-enter service in the second half of this year.