THE 15,262-TEU Maersk Honam that was gutted by a fire on March 6, resulting in the death of four crewmen has been towed to anchorage outside Jebel Ali port, UAE.
The crew managed to release the vessel's CO2 system into the hold but that failed to put out the fire for which no cause has yet been determined. The investigation continues, reports New York's Marine Link.
The vessel caught fire 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah in Oman. The Indian Coast Guard initiated fire fighting activities until vessels with special fire fighting capabilities arrived at the scene. Salvage operations are being led by Smit Salvage and Ardent.
During anchorage hot spots in affected areas will be extinguished and further work to stabilise the vessel and bring it alongside will be carried out. The carrier expects this work to take four to five weeks to complete, and thereafter the Maersk Honam will be moved alongside for cargo discharge operations to begin.
As for the 22 crew members who were safely evacuated from the vessel and reunited with their families, the shipping line continues to maintain regular contact and offer support to them.
The remains of three of the four missing crew members who were found onboard the vessel remain unidentified. After the remains were discovered they were transferred to Mumbai in India, where local authorities are working on their identification.
The 2017-built vessel was carrying a total of 7,860 containers at the time of the tragedy.