Maersk Honam

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Owner: A P Moller Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore[1]
Operator: Maersk Line[2]
Port of registry:  Singapore[1]
Ordered: 8 July 2015[2]
Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea
Cost: US$137,500,000[3]
Yard number: 2873[2]
Laid down: 10 December 2015[3]
Launched: 12 May 2017[3]
Completed: 31 August 2017[3]
In service: 2017–2018; 2019– (planned)
Refit: 2018–2019
Status: Damaged by fire on 6 March 2018; forward part scrapped and aft part being rebuilt throughout 2019
General characteristics (as built)[2]
Type: Container ship
  • 153,153 GT
  • 70,694 NT
  • 162,051 DWT
Length: 353.02 m (1,158 ft)
Beam: 53.5 m (176 ft)
Draught: 15 m (49 ft)[3]
Depth: 29.9 m (98 ft)
Installed power: MAN B&W 8G95ME-C9.5 (54,960 kW)
Propulsion: Single shaft; fixed pitch propeller
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)[3]
Capacity: 15,226 TEU
Crew: 27

Maersk Honam is a container ship operated by Maersk Line. The vessel caught fire on 6 March 2018 while sailing in the Arabian Sea. Five members of the crew of 27 were killed, including one rescued crew member who died later from injuries.


Maersk Honam is a fully cellular container ship with a capacity of 15,226 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). Her general configuration follows that of similarly-sized container ships with deckhouse about two thirds forwards to improve visibility over container stacks, engine room aft, and container stowage in nine cargo holds as well as on deck. She is 340.5 metres (1,117 ft) long overall, has a moulded beam of 53.5 metres (176 ft), and fully laden draws 15 metres (49 ft) of water. Her gross tonnage is 153,153; net tonnage 70,694; and deadweight tonnage 162,051 tonnes. Maersk Honam is powered by a single license-built 8-cylinder MAN B&W 8G95ME-C9.5 low-speed crosshead diesel engine producing 54,960 kW (73,700 hp) at 80 rpm and driving a single fixed pitch bronze propeller.[2][3]


Maersk Honam was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea, as part of a USD 1.1 billion contract for the construction of nine container ships with a nominal capacity of 14,000 TEU for Maersk Line. These so-called H-class vessels were designed with improved operational flexibility compared to older designs, meaning that they were not optimized for a particular route.[4][5] The shipbuilding contract was signed on 8 July 2015 and the keel of the vessel was laid on 10 December with yard number 2873. She was launched on 12 May 2017 and delivered to Maersk's Singapore subsidiary, A P Moller Singapore Pte Ltd, on 31 August.[3][1]

2018 fire[edit]

On 6 March 2018 at 15:20 GMT, a major fire broke out in one of the forward cargo holds of Maersk Honam while the vessel was in the Arabian Sea about 900 nautical miles (1,700 km; 1,000 mi) southeast of Salalah, Oman, en route from Singapore to Suez with a cargo of 7,860 containers and a crew of 27: thirteen Indian, nine Filipino, two Thai, one Romanian, one South African, and one British nationals. Unable to extinguish the fire, the crew sent out a distress signal and 23 crew members were evacuated to a nearby merchant vessel, ASL Ceres, while the remaining four (two Filipino, one Indian and the South African) were declared missing.[6] Two of the rescued crew members required urgent medical attention and the other, a Thai national, died from his injuries on the following day.[7] Two crew members, reportedly injured from falling from the ship during evacuation, were later moved to an Indian Navy vessel after their condition worsened.[8] Maersk Line announced on 12 March that remains of three as-yet-unidentified crewmembers had been found on board, leaving one still officially missing[9] who was later declared dead.[10]

On 9 March, the fire on board the adrift Maersk Honam had reportedly been brought under control by the Indian Coast Guard vessel ICGS Shoor and two offshore vessels, CSC Nelson and Maersk Involver. The salvage operation is led by Smit Salvage.[11]

As of 15 March 2018, the cause of the fire was unknown and Maersk Line said that an investigation into the incident was planned.[12] The fire continued to burn, albeit controlled, into April, by which time the ship had been taken under tow to the Port of Jebel Ali for the unloading of intact cargo.[10]


The owner decided to reuse the stern section in a new ship, to be constructed at a South Korean shipyard. The damaged bow section and the accommodations block were removed at Dubai Drydocks for scrapping. The stern section was taken from Jebel Ali to Geoje aboard a semi-submersible ship. The rebuilt ship, named Maersk Halifax is expected to return to service by the end of the year 2019.[13][14]

See also[edit]

  • Hyundai Fortune, a 5,551 TEU container ship that was seriously damaged in a fire in 2006
  • MSC Flaminia, a 6,750 TEU container ship that caught fire in 2012 with loss of three crewmen
  • MOL Comfort, a 8,110 TEU container ship that broke in two in June 2013; a fire broke out in the forward section before sinking
  • Hansa Brandenburg, a 1,740 TEU container ship damaged by fire in July 2013


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  5. ^ Maersk Line Books 15,000 TEU Boxship Duo at HHI. World Maritime News, 19 February 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
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  7. ^ Seafarer dies from Maersk Honam containership fire injuries, four remain missing. Seatrade Maritime News, 8 March 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  8. ^ Fire on Maersk Ship in Arabian Sea: Hopes of Finding Missing Indian Sailor Fades., 9 March 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  9. ^ Hand, Marcus (12 March 2018). "Remains of three out of four missing seafarers found on Maersk Honam". Seatrade Maritime News. Seatrade UBM. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
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  11. ^ Update: Maersk Honam Fire Localized. World Maritime News, 9 March 2018.
  12. ^ "High Costs Expected after Maersk Honam Fire". World Maritime News. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Maersk Honam's Stern Loaded for Transport". The Marine Executive. 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  14. ^ "Maersk Honam rechristened and ready to sail". Asia Shipping Media Pte Ltd. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.