Incident Date: 6th March 2018


IMO No. 9784271

Type: Ultra Large Containership

Incident: Explosion and Fire in Cargo Holds

Further to our Casualty Update of 12th March 2018, we continue to receive instructions from cargo interests onboard MAERSK HONAM.

It is understood that the vessel is being towed to Jebel Ali, UAE, where its cargo will be off-loaded.

ETA is to be confirmed but could be up to another two weeks from now.

According to a customer advisory from MSC:

“Based on a limited amount of information to hand, MSC reasonably expects that a substantial proportion of the cargo located after, behind the ship’s accommodation area should be in sound condition. Unfortunately, we must assume, based on the details to date, that most containers located in front of the accommodation area are damaged by fire, heat or the water used to fight the fire,”

“We will only be able to clarify the situation once the cargo has been discharged at the port of refuge and inspected.”

W E Cox remain in ongoing communication with GA Adjusters and representatives of other interested parties, including other cargo interests, with whom we are joined in the instruction of fire experts to investigate causation. Meanwhile, our surveyors remain on standby to attend at Jebel Ali, once dates of arrival / discharge have been confirmed.

As appropriate, please contact:

United Kingdom – Paul Friett

Hong Kong – Wendy Lee

Singapore – Paul Sansom

USA – Charles Droll

Australia – Robert Hammersley

If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.

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