Fire-fighting efforts on board Maersk Honam are progressing, Maersk said on Monday (12th March).
However, it said that it had given up hope of finding any of the four missing crew members alive. “Three bodies have now been found and one remains missing. 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.”
“Specialised firefighting vessels remain engaged, with salvage operations led by Smit Salvage and Ardent – two best-in-class companies within maritime salvage operations. Maersk Line is cooperating with the salvors and has two marine engineers onsite, working closely with Smit and Ardent, Maersk said in a statement.”
“Our most heartfelt condolences go out to families of our deceased colleagues. We share their sorrow and do our outmost to support them in this devastating time,” said Chief Operating Officer, Søren Toft.
A thorough search on board the Maersk Honam continues. However, the active search and rescue mission at sea will be brought to a halt.
A full investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the fire and the impact to the vessel and cargo.