VIDEO: Indian Coast Guard brings fire on board Maersk Honam under control


A fire on board Maersk Honam was successfully controlled by an Indian Coast Guard ship Shoor off the Lakshadweep coast, saving 23 lives and averting a massive marine pollution threat. The 330-metres-long merchant ship, located 390 nautical miles off Agatti islands, caught fire on March 6.

Sustained firefighting stopped the fire from spreading to other parts of the ship. Even as thick plumes of toxic fumes were seen when the fire began, signs of cooling down of metal fire were seen when white smoke billowed from the mega container ship. Search for four missing crew members of the ship is on, who are feared trapped inside the ship.

The Indian Coast Guard has a vessel present onsite which initiated firefighting during Thursday 8 March. Further, specialised firefighting vessels have been engaged and the first two vessels arrived on location in the early morning on 9 March local time where they initiated the firefighting.

“We are appreciative of the partnering assistance we’ve received from local Indian authorities and we must now let the salvage team do their work. It is still too early to determine the cause of the fire or the impact to the vessel or cargo. Obviously, finding the cause of the fire is very important to us and a full investigation will be conducted as soon as possible.

”The salvage operation is led by Smit Salvage and Ardent – two best-in-class companies within maritime salvage operations. Maersk Line is cooperating with the salvors and has sent two technical engineers to Salalah, Oman, to work closely with Smit and Ardent.

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