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Extreme fire on Maersk ship: four missing

Extreme fire on Maersk ship: four missing

07-03-2018 14:00:00

Four crew members have been reported missing while 23 have been evacuated after an extreme fire broke out on the container ship Maersk Honam in the Arabian Sea in the afternoon of Tuesday March 6. The shipping company describes the situation as very serious and a major search and rescue operation is in progress searching for the four missing people.

"It saddens us deeply to receive the news of Maersk Honam and the four missing crew members and we will do anyhing in our powers in terms of search and rescue operations," says Maersk Line's COO, Søren Toft.

The fire broke out at 16.20 Danish time on the 15,262 teu large Maersk Honam approx. 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah in Oman, as the ship was on its way from Singapore to the Suez Channel, Maersk Line announced in a press release.

23 crewmembers were evacuated to ALS Ceres, who were in the area and reached the burning container ship around 19.30 Danish time. The fire has not yet been put out and Maersk Line has decsrbibed the situation as "very serious".

This is done by redirecting their own ships and with the assistance of ships located in the area of the burning ship, including ALS Ceres, who responded quickly to the Maersk ship's emergency signal, as the local authorities participate in the work.

Maersk states that the shipping company is in the process of informing the relatives of the affected crewmembers.

"The evacuated crew members are naturally chocked and two of them are getting first aid care aboard ALS Ceres. We offer counselling to crewmembers who will return to their families while our thoughts and deepest compassion are with the relatives of missing crew members. We will offer them all the support we can in this very difficult situation, "says Søren Toft, Maersk Line
The crewmembers are from countries such as India, the Philippines, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

The ship, which was built in 2017 and therefore one of the company's newest, had 7860 containers on board when the fire broke out. It sails under the Singapore flag.

The cause behind the fire is still unknown, Maersk Line says, who will work with the authorities to find out what happened.

Source: Maersk Line / Maritime Denmark

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