A container ship with 27 crew members on the Singapore-flagged Maersk Honam include 13 from India, nine from the Philippines, two from Thailand, and one from Romania, South Africa, and the United Kingdom ,caught fire in the Arabian Sea near Lakshadweep Islands on Tuesday night, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) said on Wednesday.
“The crew sent out a distress signal and a total of 23 crew members were safely evacuated to the nearby vessel ALS Ceres.
Four of the ship’s crew members are missing while the others have been rescued, it said. The 330-metre-long Maersk Honam, which was en route to Suez from Singapore caught fire on Tuesday night with flames from the main deck of the ship rising up to its bridge (a height of about 25 metres).
The chances of locating the four missing seafarers from burning container ship Maersk Honam in the Arabian Sea are dwindling, says Maersk in an update Thursday afternoon. One crew member is confirmed dead.
Photo credit: Indian Coast Guard.