Fire-Stricken Maersk Honam Berths, Starts Discharging Cargo
Maersk Line’s ultra large containership Maersk Honam, which suffered a serious fire on March 6, berthed at Jebel Ali port on Sunday, May 27, after a two-month long ordeal at sea.
The remaining hotspots on board were extinguished last week and the vessel is reported to be stable.
“The discharge operations have commenced and are estimated to last approx. four to six days, all going well,” Maersk Line said in a statement.
Now that the ship has finally berthed, its condition will be inspected and damages fully evaluated.
As pointed out earlier, the company plans to repair the ship.
The berthing and discharging operations of the fire-ravaged boxship are expected to result in high extraordinary costs, as confirmed by Maersk Line.
The company has declared General Average, under which all parties with a financial interest in the voyage are to proportionally share the losses resulting from the incident.
A full investigation in collaboration to determine the cause of the fire is underway.
World Maritime News Staff