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Maersk explosion caused by 'severe' turbocharger breakdown!

An engine room explosion on a Maersk boxship, which disabled the vessel south east of Newark late last week, was caused by a “severe” turbocharger breakdown, according to its operator.

Maersk explosion caused by 'severe' turbocharger breakdown!
09 June 2020 - 22:46

An engine room explosion on a Maersk boxship, which disabled the vessel south east of Newark late last week, was caused by a “severe” turbocharger breakdown, according to its operator.

In a statement to TradeWinds, the giant Danish containership operator said it is currently investigating the cause of the mechanical fault on the 4,258-teu Laura Maersk (built 2001), which caused a small fire and injured one crew member.

The vessel is currently being towed by the Donjon Marine-controlled, 7,400-bhp tug Atlantic Enterprise (built 1976) to Elizabeth in New Jersey, and is currently some 280 nautical miles from New York.

Maersk said on 4 June that the vessel, which was heading from Algeciras in Spain to Elizabeth, reported a “severe turbocharger breakdown in the engine room, injuring one crew member”.

Maersk said: “A minor fire was promptly extinguished and the crew member was medevaced by a US Coast Guard helicopter to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.”

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