Thursday, March 8, 2018

Four Crew from Container Ship Still Missing and One Sadly Dead  

Update on Fire Tragedy on Maersk Cargo Vessel

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Shipping News Feature ARABIAN SEA – Maersk Line have provided an update to the situation in the Arabian Sea where a serious fire broke out in one of the cargo holds on board the Maersk Honam. The container shipping line has confirmed that one of its seafarers, a Thai national that had been part of the 23 evacuated crew members from the distressed vessel, died on Wednesday afternoon due to injuries sustained in connection to the fire. Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Board of AP Moller – Maersk, said:

“We are deeply saddened with the passing of one of our colleagues who in the first place had been evacuated. The seriousness of the event has escalated and everyone in Maersk is moved by this. We are in contact with the family of the deceased and our thoughts and condolences go to them.

“We are doing our outmost in this tragic situation to care for all evacuated colleagues and continue the intense search and rescue operations ongoing for the four crew members currently reported missing.”

The current status is that 22 crew members are en route to Sri Lanka on board the vessel ALS Ceres, four crew members remain missing and one is reported dead. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Maersk Line will investigate the matter thoroughly in cooperation with all relevant authorities. Maersk Honam was built in 2017, has a nominal capacity of 15,262 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit), and sails under a Singaporean flag.

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