Turbocharger failure caused Laura Maersk explosion

A serious failure in the turbocharger of the engine was found to have caused the minor explosion in the engine room of container ship Laura Maersk (IMO 9190731) on June 4th while she was 442km southeast of her destination of Newark, New Jersey. One crew member, who needed a medical evacuation, was injured.

The ship was being towed to New Jersey by US tug Atlantic Enterprise (IMO 7417240) which reached the casualty during the afternoon of June 8th.

The explosion was followed by a fire in the engine room, which was quickly extinguished. The ship suffered no further damage, and the cargo was intact. Maersk AS has launched an investigation to find out why the turbocharger broke.

2001-built, Denmark-flagged, 50,688 gt Laura Maersk is owned and managed by Maersk AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Maersk AS.