The crew of the containership Yantian Express have been successfully evacuated as the fire in containers on its deck “significantly” increases in intensity.

As 2018 draws to a close we take a look at what were the top stories each month on Seatrade Maritime News. This week we look at January through to June, with July to December to follow next week.

 

 

Following the tragic fire on the Maersk Honam earlier this year that left five dead Maersk Line has new guidelines for the stowage of dangerous cargoes across all 750 vessels in its fleet.

The issue of container fires started as a result of misdeclared dangerous cargoes remains a serious one for the sector and since 2011 some 17 container lines have come together as the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) to try and tackle the problem.

Maersk Line has been working with classification society ABS to increase safety in relation to the stowage of dangerous cargoes following the fatal fire of the Maersk Honam.

A fire below deck on the containership Maersk Kensington headed towards Suez from Oman has been contained, less than two weeks after the fatal fire onboard the Maersk Honam in the Arabian sea.

Four seafarers are now confirmed to have died in the fire onboard the Maersk Honam as the remains of three of four crew missing are found onboard the vessel.

The fire onboard the ultra-large containership Maersk Honam was brought under control at the weekend according to reports.

This is the age of blame, when errors are unacceptable, procedures are designed on the precautionary principle and accidents don’t happen. Except it doesn’t work out like that. Almost certainly, someone was to blame for the fire which broke out in the hold of the Maersk Honan the other day, but the chances are they won’t be brought to book any more than all those guilty people responsible for most of the other fires which wrecked container ships over the years have been identified and prosecuted.

Fighting is continuing on the Maersk Honam, while the 22 surviving crew members evacuated from the burning containership have safely reached shore.

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