Photos: Cut Up Maersk Honam Heads to South Korea for Rebuild

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Photo: Maersk

The sound stern section of the fire-stricken Maersk Honam has been loaded onto a heavy lift ship in Dubai for its transport to South Korea where it will be rebuilt, Maersk said in an update Friday. 

The section of Maersk Honam was successfully loaded aboard the heavy-lift vessel Xin Guan Hua on open waters outside Dubai (UAE) on Saturday, February 2nd.

The vessels are now in transit and expected to pass Singapore Strait this coming Monday, February 18th.

The heavy-lift vessel will deliver the 228.5-metres-long section from midship to stern at Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea in March, the same yard the vessel was built in.

The Maersk Honam, an ultra large containership, was hit by a major cargo fire in March 2018 while underway in the Arabian Sea. The fire burned through the entire forward section of the ship, including part of the accomodation block. Tragically, five Maersk Honam crew members died in the fire. The Maersk Honam was eventually towed to Jebel Ali where salvage could take place.

The vessel appeared to be a total loss until Maersk announced in January that it had cut the ship in two at Drydock World in Dubai and it would rebuild the ship at Hyundai Heavy Industries, where the Maersk Honam was originally constructed. 

“At the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard, the sound section of Maersk Honam will be joined with a new build forward section. The former forward section is safely moored at Drydock World Dubai for continued removal of damaged containers and debris. Once cleaned, it will be recycled. In accordance with our Responsible Ship Recycling Standard (RSRS), relevant recycling options are currently being investigated and evaluated,” Maersk said in a statement on Friday. 

The rebuilt vessel is expected to resume service again in the second half of 2019.

The Singapore-flagged Maersk Honam was delivered in 2017 by Hyundai Heavy Industries. It has a nominal capacity of 15,262 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit).

The following images of the Maersk Honam’s loading were provided by Maersk: