Repaired Maersk Honam Returns to Service as Maersk Halifax (08 Aug, 2019)

The former Maersk Honam has been rebuilt at South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard and was delivered to its owner as Maersk Halifax on August 1.

The rebuilt and renamed boxship started its maiden voyage a week later, departing Qingdao, China, en route to Busan, South Korea, on August 7, according to Danish shipping major Maersk.

Maersk Honam was hit by a major fire in March 2018 and was towed to Jebel Ali for the discharge of the remaining cargo and clearance of debris.

The vessel had to be cut into two sections during the repairs. In February, the sound section of the former Maersk Honam was successfully loaded aboard a heavy-lift vessel on open waters outside Dubai (UAE) and transported to Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea.

At the shipyard, the sound section was joined with a newly-built forward section.

The former forward section is being recycled in Dubai, in accordance with Maersk’s Responsible Ship Recycling Standards (RSRS), the company said.

Maersk Halifax is one of eleven H-class vessels in the Maersk fleet. They have a nominal capacity of 15,226 TEU and are deployed on the Asia-Mediterranean trade.