Maersk says no hope of finding survivors after remains found on burning ship


The remains of three crew members have been found on board the containership Maersk Honam,which caught fire a week ago.

They have not been identified. A fourth seafarer missing after the blaze has not yet been located, Maersk has said in a statement.

“Given the time that has passed and the severe fire damage of the vessel, we must conclude by now that we have lost all four colleagues who have been missing since the fire on board Maersk Honam,” the company said. “All four families of our deceased colleagues have been informed.”

Reports over the weekend citing the Indian Coast Guard said the fire on board the vessel had been brought under control. 

The Singapore-flagged Maersk Honam was en route from Singapore to Suez with 7,860 containers when the fire started on March 6.

One crew member was initially confirmed dead, with four more reported missing. Another 22 managed to escape the burning ship.

In its statement on Monday, the company said the search and rescue operations at sea have now been halted.

Specialist firefighters from two salvage companies, Ardent and Smit, continue to tackle the fire, which has caused extensive damage to the 2017-built, $122m ship.

Maersk said the medical conditions of the evacuated personnel are improving. All 22 have received treatment and the majority have been released from hospitals, it said.

Those who were initially in intensive care have been moved to a general ward and are recovering well, Maersk added.

It said the India Marine Police is conducting a routine investigation of the incident, which will involve interviewing all crew members.

“A full investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the fire and the impact to the vessel and cargo,” Maersk said.