Maersk Honam rechristened and ready to sail

Seventeen months after a fire ripped through it, Maersk is set to send the 15,282 teu boxship Maersk Honam back on active duty.

According to Alphaliner, the ship, which caught fire on March 6 last year leading to the loss of five seafarer lives, has been renamed Maersk Halifax.

The damaged ship’s bow was cut off at a yard in Dubai and the remainder of the ship was then moved by a semi-submersible ship to Ulsan in South Korea, where Hyundai Heavy Industries has since been fixing it. The redux vessel now features a reshaped, less flared bow and an SOx scrubber.

Alphaliner reports the Maersk Halifax is scheduled to join the Asia – Mediterranean AE11/Jade’ service with MSC on August 5.

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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