Maersk Line thanks Indian Coast Guard for dousing fire

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The Chief Operating Officer of MAERSK Group has thanked the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for its help in dousing the flames that broke out on the container ship named Maersk Honam near Agatti Island, off the coast of Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea.

While the search and rescue operations were still on, the COO conveyed his appreciation to the ICG and thanked both the commander and crew of the ICG vessel ‘Shoor’ for their prompt reply to their call for help.

“please allow me to convey our appreciation of the assistance of the Indian Coastguard on the incident of Maersk Honam in the Arabian sea, While the search and rescue operations are still going on, I am on behalf of Maersk line wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation of the invaluable assistance given by the Indian Coast Guard both by commander and crew on the vessel “Shoor” rendering immediate assistance as well as by personnel assistance  off-site”

-Søren Toft (COO)

NEWS Source- with inputs from ANI and Indian coast guard

Background

Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 15:20 GMT, the Maersk liner vessel Maersk Honam reported a serious fire in a cargo hold. Enroute from Singapore towards Suez, the vessel is currently positioned around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. After being unsuccessful in their firefighting efforts, the crew sent out a distress signal and a total of 23 crew members were reported evacuated to the nearby vessel ALS Ceres, which arrived at the scene around 18:30 GMT.

The vessel is carrying a total of 7860 containers, corresponding to 12416 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent).

The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Maersk Line says will investigate the matter thoroughly in cooperation with all relevant authorities.

Maersk Honam was built in 2017, has a nominal capacity of 15262 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit), and sails under Singapore flag.

 

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