Maersk Honam

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The 353-meter Maersk Honam caught fire in the Arabian Sea on March 6 during a voyage from Asia to Europe via the Suez Canal, tragically claiming the lives of five crew members. The vessel was eventually towed to an anchorage at Jebel Ali where it arrived last month.

Due to the substantial cargo loss from the fire, shipowner Maersk Line was forced to declare general average, meaning that all losses, including salvage, port, and transfer costs, are shared between surviving cargo.

Smit and Ardent are the appointed salvors in the response.

The Maersk Honam was reported by Maersk to be carrying a total of 7,860 containers, corresponding to 12,416 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent) when the fire broke out.



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