Like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, Maersk Honam returns to service as Maersk Halifax. As reported, on the 6th of March 2018, Maersk Honam, one of Maersk’s ultra-large container ships caught fire in the Arabian Sea between India’s West Coast and Oman, en-route from Singapore to Egypt.
All containers in the fore section, which contain flammable liquids and solid cargoes, oxidising substances, toxic and infectious cargoes, and corrosive materials, were declared a total loss. However, containers aft of the ship’s superstructure were mostly found in intact condition.
As part of Maersk’s Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative, a 228.5m long sound section (from mid-ship to stern) of the ship was transported from Dubai Drydocks to the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea where it was originally built. The movement was executed by the specialist Xin Guan Hua a heavy lift vessel operated by Cosco
In Korea, the Maersk Honam received new forward section with accommodation blocks and was delivered to its owner as Maersk Halifax on 1st of August
The Maersk Halifax comes with a re-shaped, less flared bow and an SOx scrubber to cater for IMO2020..
Maritime Traffic provides further information about the Maersk Halifax as follows:
Call Sign: 9V5395
Flag: Singapore [SG]
AIS Vessel Type: Cargo
Gross Tonnage: 153153
Deadweight: 162051 t
Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 353.02m × 53.5m
Welcome back to service Maersk Halifax. Fair winds and following seas to you