Maersk Honam Update: Fire Contained, Remains of 3 out of 4 Mariners Found

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Image Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard

In an update Monday afternoon CET, Maersk Line confirms that the carrier has found the remains of three of the four crew members missing after the Maersk Honam on board the vessel.

Four seafarers are now confirmed to have died in the fire onboard the Maersk Honam. One of the 23 seafarers who managed to evacuate from the vessel after the fire started on 6 March later died from his injuries.

Maersk COO Søren Toft, said,“Our most heartfelt condolences go out to families of our deceased colleagues. We share their sorrow and do our outmost to support them in this devastating time.”

Maersk said that the three bodies found on the vessel were as yet to be identified. Given the severe fire damage to the 15,252 teu containership Maersk said it had conclude that all four seafarers missing were dead, which would bring the total death toll from the blaze to five.

The Danish shipowner said a thorough search of the vessel was continuing and it said firefighting operations were “progressing”. The fire was reported to have been brought under control on Saturday.

Of the 22 survivors all have received medical treatment and the majority have been released from hospital. Maersk said that seafarers that had been in intensive care had been moved to a general ward and were recovering well.

Palle Laursen, CTO for Maersk Line, said, “Our colleagues that were evacuated to local hospitals in varying conditions of health are improving and we are now preparing to bring them back to their families as their condition allows.”

An investigation into the fire is being conducted by the Indian Marine Police.

The Singapore-flagged Maersk Honam was on enroute from Singapore to Suez with 7,860 containers, equalling 12,416 teu, onboard at the time of the fire.

Sea News, March 12