Maersk Honam fire continues to burn

Mediterranean Shipping Company has updated its customers on the situation aboard the ULCC Maersk Honam following the fire which broke out aboard the ship in the Arabian Sea in early March. MSC is Maersk’s partner in the 2M alliance. Maersk Honam is currently being towed to Jebel Ali, where salvage operations will take place and cargo will be off-loaded.

MSC said on Thursday April 12th that Maersk Honam’s position was 22° 46.0’N 063° 11.5’E, making it about halfway between Muscat and Karachi, in the northern Arabian Sea. MSC said that firefighting and cooling operations continued, with various hotspots remaining.

“We will only be able to clarify the situation once the cargo has been discharged and inspected but we can now provide to the owners of cargoes that were stored in the holds 1 to 3 some certificate of total loss if requested. MSC is providing you with draft wording of such a certificate in a separate document for your easy reference” said MSC.

MSC noted, however, that “for the other cargoes, insurers should prepare the required GA and Salvage security bonds (when supplied by the General Average Adjusters), as those documents will be essential for the cargoes to reach their final destinations and be released under General Average”.

MSC said that, because the salvage operations were ongoing, the General Adjuster was not yet in position to finalize his request for Salvage security bonds. MSC said that it would relay them to interested parties as soon as known”.

Singapore-flagged Maersk Honam caught fire in the Arabian Sea on March 6th, with five crew members losing their lives. The 7,860 containers corresponded to 12,416 teu, some 80% of total capacity.

The fire-stricken vessel is being towed to anchor at Jebel Ali in the UAE, where cargo will be offloaded.

2017-built, Singapore-flagged, 153,153 gt 15,262 teu Maersk Honam is owned by Moller Singapore AP Pte Ltd of Singapore and managed by Maersk Line AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Standard Club (Europe division) on behalf of AP Moller Singapore Pte Ltd.