Chopped up Maersk Honam in transit

Maersk has issued photos of the chopped up Maersk Honam which is now bound from Dubai to be rebuilt at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea.

The giant 15,262 teu ship was hit by a severe fire in March last year in the Arabian Sea, which killed five crew.

The sound part of the vessel has now been cut away from the burnt aft and is being hauled to South Korea on the Xin Guang Hua heavylift ship. Its latest position, according to Splash partner MarineTraffic, is off Sri Lanka.

The heavylift vessel will deliver the 228.5 m-long section from midship to stern to HHI next month. It is the same yard the vessel was built in. The sound section of Maersk Honam will be joined with a newbuild forward section. The former forward section is moored at Drydock World Dubai for continued removal of damaged containers and debris. Once cleaned, it will be recycled.

Maersk anticipates the ship to reenter service in the second half of this year.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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