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DENMARK – INDIA – The fire aboard the

Maersk Line

container ship

Maersk Honam

has largely subsided and is under control thanks to Indian specialised firefighting vessels, and the survivors of the tragic occurrence are now safely disembarked in the cities of Cochin and Trivandrum in Southern India. They have all received professional medical treatment and are offered crisis counselling, and a majority have been transferred to a hotel. Of the crew members that remain hospitalised some are currently receiving intensive care.

Full details of the case as it unfolded were covered on our earlier stories and the search continues to locate the four crew members still missing after the incident on 6 March but hopes for their survival are rapidly fading. Palle Laursen, Chief Technical Officer for Maersk commented:

“We are relieved that a majority of our colleagues have been released from the hospital. We, however, remain deeply concerned about the health condition of our colleagues still in hospital and are grateful that they are in the capable hands of medical professionals. We are in regular contact with the hospitals and monitor the situation of all our colleagues.

“We are appreciative of the partnering assistance we’ve received from local Indian authorities and we must now let the salvage team do their work. It is still too early to determine the cause of the fire or the impact to the vessel or cargo. Obviously, finding the ....

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