A Crew being Rescued from Honam
Maersk Honam the infamous liner vessel gutted by fire on March 6th, 2018 is set to arrive the Port of Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates UAE where it will anchor. All things being equal the vessel is due to arrive the UAE on or before the 24th of April, 2018.
It would be recalled that fire broke out in the vessel around 900 nautical miles South East of Salalah, Oman. The fire which was very ferocious was, however, put off with the help of Indian coast guard through some hot spots still remain on the ship.
A statement released by the ship states that ”during anchorage hotspots in affected areas will be completely extinguished and further work to stabilize the vessel and bring it alongside will be carried out. Maersk line expects this work to take 4-5 weeks, where Maersk Honam will be moved alongside for discharge operations to commence”
Fire on Maersk Honam
It was revealed that one of the worlds renounced salvage company Smits Salvage and Ardent is leading the salvage of the fire-stricken ship. Also, it was further revealed that the 22 member crew who were rescued and salvaged have been released to go home and are all united with their families.
The unfortunate fire incident is said to have claimed the lives of at least 5 crew members. 3 out of the 4 crew members who were earlier declared missing in the course of the fire have been found though they are unrecognizable.
The three unidentified crew members have been transferred to Bombay, Indian to be identified by local authorities under close contact with Maersk.
On the cause of the fire incident, the company said they are still trying to unravel the real cause of the fire. To this end, a full investigation is ongoing with relevant authorities to determine its cause.
However, when the ship berthed at the Port, a full assessment of the impact of the fire to the vessel and the cargo will be made.
Maersk line is already counting their loss as the ship gets closer to the final stage of berthing and discharge. The company has already confirmed that these next processes would cost them a very high extraordinary bill.
However, luckily for Maersk line, it has already declared General Average which entails that all parties with a financial interest in the voyage are to proportionally share the losses resulting from the fire.