Fire ravaged Maersk Honam reaches Jebel Ali

The fire ravaged Maersk Honam finally reached the anchorage at Jebel Ali port in Dubai yesterday. Hotspots are still burning on the vessel, the Danish carrier revealed.

The 15,262 teu vessel suffered a massive fire in the Arabian Sea on March 6, which killed five. The Indian Coast Guard has suggested the blaze was a chemical fire prompting Maersk to change stowage plans for chemical cargoes on all its boxships.

“During anchorage hot spots in affected areas will be completely extinguished and further work to stabilise the vessel and bring it alongside will be carried out. Maersk Line expects this work to take 4-5 weeks, whereafter Maersk Honam will be moved alongside for discharge operations to commence,” Maersk Line said.

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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