Four crew members remain missing despite comprehensive search efforts after a fire broke out aboard Maersk Honam on 6 March.
“While the search operation continues, the hope of finding our missing colleagues is fading. We are in contact with their families and they know that tragically, the time passed decreases the likelihood of finding their loved ones alive. Our thoughts and prayers go to them,” said chief operating officer of AP Moller-Maersk Søren Toft.
Two of the four missing crew members are Filipinos, one is South African and one Indian.
Twenty-three crew members were evacuated by the vessel ALS Ceres after the fire broke out, with one reported dead due to injuries sustained in the fire.
A Maersk statement added that two crew members, one Thai and one Filipino, were in urgent need of medical care as their conditions worsened. They have been evacuated by an Indian navy vessel, handed over to the Indian coast guard and are now receiving medical treatment. They are accompanied by one of the evacuated Indian colleagues with local language skills.
The remaining 19 crew members on board ALS Ceres are en route to Cochin, southwest India, where medical professionals and crisis psychologists have been arranged for.
“We are doing our outmost to care for and closely follow the conditions of all evacuated colleagues. Also, we have an ongoing contact with their closest relatives”, Mr Toft said.
The incident happened en route from Singapore towards Suez.
Maersk Honam was built in 2017, has a nominal capacity of 15,262 TEU and sails under the Singapore flag.