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Remains found on board Maersk Honam

Three of the four missing crew members of the Maersk Honam were found on board the vessel, which caught fire last Tuesday in the Arabian Sea.

   The remains of three of the four missing Maersk Honam crew members have been found on board the vessel, Maersk Line revealed Monday.
   “Given the time passed and the severe fire damages of the vessel, we must conclude by now that we have lost all four colleagues who have been missing since the fire onboard Maersk Honam,” Maersk said. “All four families of our deceased colleagues have been informed.”
   The 15,262-TEU Maersk Honam caught fire in one of its cargo holds last Tuesday at 15:20 GMT while the vessel was sailing in the Arabian Sea, en route from Singapore toward Suez.
   One crew member passed away last week due to injuries sustained in connection with the fire that broke out on board the vessel.
   Medical conditions of the evacuated crew members are progressing positively, and the colleagues who initially received intensive care have been moved to a general ward and are recovering well, Maersk said.
   The India Marine Police is conducting a routine investigation of the incident, and they will be interviewing all 22 surviving crew members.
   A thorough search on board the Maersk Honam continues, but the active search and rescue mission at sea will be brought to a halt.
   Fire-fighting efforts on board the vessel are progressing, and a full investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the fire, as well as the impact to the vessel and cargo.
   The Maersk Honam was carrying 7,860 containers, corresponding to 12,416 TEUs.
   The vessel was operating on the 2M Alliance’s AE11/Jade. The loop has a rotation of Qingdao, Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Nansha, Yantian, Singapore, Malta, Barcelona, Valencia, La Spezia, Gioia Tauro, Port Said, King Abdullah City, Dubai, Singapore, Shekou, Xiamen and Qingdao. BlueWater Reporting shows the AE11/Jade deploys 11 vessels, ranging in size from 13,050 TEUs to 15,908 TEUs.