Fire onboard Maersk Honam under control
The fire that haunted the large container ship Maersk Honam was brought under control during the weekend. The Indian Coast Guard has stated that the fire onboard the 15.225 TEU Maersk Honam was brought under control on Saturday, five days after the fatal fire broke out on the vessel.
"A thick smoke of poisonous fumes has now been replaced by white smoke, which signals that the metal on board the container ship is cooling down," said commander of ICG Western region Avinandan Mitrat.
Even though the fire is now under control, putting the fire out is going to be a lengthy process due to the extremely high temperatures, which are generated inside the containers, that leads to a fear that the fire could break out again. ICG has classified the flames as "chemical fire". This raises awareness to questions concerning containers carrying dangerous freight onboard.
There is still not any news regarding the four missing crewmembers onboard Maersk Honam when the fire broke out, although ICG suspect that they are still onboard the ship. One crewmember has been confirmed dead after being evacuated along with 22 crewmembers. Two of these are reportedly in critical condition.
The crewmembers were evacuated from Maersk Honam in the Arabien Sea last week, after they gave up the trying to bring the fire under control.
Maersk Honam, which sails under the Singapore flag, was on its way from Singapore to Suez with 7.860 containers, which corresponds to 12.416 TEU, when the fire broke out.
Source: Seatrade Maritime News / Maritime Denmark