Four go missing after Maersk container vessel catches fire

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The world’s biggest container shipper, Maersk Line said one of its container vessels caught fire in the Arabian sea and four crew members went missing while 23 others were evacuated safely.

The 27 crew members included 13 from India, nine from the Philippines, two Thai nationals and one each from Romania, South Africa and the United Kingdom

Maersk Line, a unit of Danish shipping firm AP Moller-Maersk A/S said on Wednesday that the crew of the vessel Maersk Honam sent out a distress signal after unsuccessful fire-fighting efforts on Tuesday. The situation is “very critical” as the fire still continues and the cause of the fire is not known yet.

News agency Reuters reported citing the company that the incident occurred at 1520 GMT and the vessel was en route from Singapore toward Suez.