Fire damaged Maersk ULCC cut up for partial scrapping in Dubai

Fire damaged Maersk ULCC cut up for partial scrapping in Dubai
Published: 17 February 2019 - 8:24 a.m.
By: Logistics Middle East Staff

The Maersk mega container ship Honam, which was badly damaged by a fire at sea in March last year, has been cut in half at Drydocks World, Dubai, for partial scrapping.

The huge aft section of the 15,000-TEU container ship, undamaged in the accident, was cut away and floated onto a 100,000 dwt semi-submersible heavy lift ship called Xin Guang Hua.

Xin Guang Hua will carry the stern section of the Honan to Geoje, South Korea, where it will be incorporated into a new hull.

The forward part of the ship containing the damaged accommodation block and bow, will be towed from Drydocks World and scrapped.

Maersk anticipates that the Hua and her cargo will arrive in March, and expects that the repairs will be completed before the end of the year.

Maersk Honam was under way off the coast of Oman on March 6th, 2018 when a fire broke out in a cargo hold forward of the accommodation block.

Five crew members were killed battling the blaze, while a further undisclosed number were damaged. The ship was abandoned and salvage tugs spent weeks trying to save the rest of the ship as it drifted in international waters in the Arabian Sea.

Once the fire was brought under control, tow lines were secured and she was brought to Jebel Ali where the surviving cargo was offloaded.

Maersk Honam was carrying about 8,000 containers at the time of the fire, including an unspecified quantity of dangerous goods.

Maersk has said that all cargo on board was stowed in accordance with the IMDG code, and has since instituted random physical checks (in U.S. ports) to verify that "cargo descriptions match actual contents of the container."

The company has also instituted new guidelines on the locations where properly-declared dangerous goods may be stowed on board, but it unclear what caused the fire.

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