Like a phoenix the Maersk Honam set to return to service

The heavily fire damaged containership Maersk Honam is set to return to service under a different name having had new bow section and deck house fitted.

Analyst Alphaliner reported in its weekly newsletter that the vessel was set to return to service soon as the Maersk Halifax having been refurbished at Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The 2016-built, 15,262 teu Maersk Honam was hit by a serious fire on 6 March last year 900 nm southeast of Salalah, Oman. Five crew members lost their lives in the fire which took well over a month to be fully extinguished and damaged the bow of the vessel beyond repair.

Read more: Maersk Honam joins a growing list of horrific containership fires

Following the fire the vessel was towed to the UAE where the fire damaged bow and deck house were removed at the Drydocks World Dubai. In February this year the largely undamaged aft section, including the engine room, was then floated onto a Cosco Shipping heavy lift vessel Xin Guang Hua (pictured above) and shipped to HHI in South Korea.

A new bow and deckhouse have been built at HHI and connected to the original aft section of the Maersk Honam.

According to Alphaliner in the process the bow was reshaped from the original vessel and scrubber added to meet the requirements of the IMO sulphur cap.

The analyst said the vessel would return to service as the Maersk Halifax on the Asia – Med ‘AE11/Jade’ service of the 2M from Maersk and MSC on 5 August.

The fire on the Maersk Honam was believed to have stemmed from a misdeclared dangerous cargo, and issue which have become major problem for the container shipping industry.

Read more: A major containership fire occurs every 60 days

Posted 24 July 2019

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Editor, Seatrade Maritime News Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and round tables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.

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