The ultra large containership Maersk Honam, which suffered a major fire in March 2018, was cut in two and would be shipped to South Korea for rebuilding.
Following the incident, which claimed the lives of five seafarers, the vessel was moved alongside for thorough inspections and discharge operations in the Jebel Ali Port (UAE) in June 2018.
According to a Maersk spokesperson, the containership has now been cut into two parts at the Drydock World Dubai (UAE).
The sound, 228.5-metres-long section from midship to stern will be transported aboard the heavy-lift vessel Xin Guan Hua to Hyundai Heavy Industries, where it would be rebuilt, in February. The section is scheduled to arrive at the shipyard in March 2019, where it would be rebuilt with a new forward section.
Maersk added that the former forward section would be safely moored at Drydock World Dubai for continued removal of damaged containers and debris.
“Once cleaned, it will be recycled. In accordance with our Responsible Ship Recycling Standard (RSRS), relevant recycling options are currently being investigated and evaluated,” the spokesperson said.
The rebuilt vessel is expected to resume service again in the second half of 2019.