Maersk Halifax leaves Qingdao

The former container ship Maersk Honam left Qingdao on August 7th on its maiden voyage as Maersk Halifax (IMO 9784271), having undergone extensive repairs. The burnt out foreship has been cut off, taken elsewhere for dismantling, and replaced by a new one. The Maersk Halifax is now on its way to Busan in South Korea. On March 6th 2018 a fire broke out on the 15,262 teu vessel when she was 900 miles southeast of Salalah in Oman, en route from Singapore to the Suez Canal.

Four crew members were killed in the blaze and one of the 23 evacuated crew members subsequently died from his injuries. A full extinguishing of the fire took a month. The ship was then towed to Jebel Ali and emptied of her burned and intact containers. Maersk decided to repair the 2017-built ship, with work undertaken by Hyundai Heavy Industries, which received the undamaged aft of the ship in March this year after a month-long carriage on a heavylift vessel from Cosco.

 2017-built, Singapore-flagged, 153,744 gt Maersk Halifax is owned by Moller Singapore of Singapore. It is managed by Maersk Line AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Standard Club (European division) on behalf of AP Moller Singapore Pte Ltd.