PortandTerminal.com, June 10, 2020
OCEAN CITY, MD – Last weekend an explosion in the engine room of the LAURA MAERSK container ship injured one crew and disabled the ship, late Jun 4 in North Atlantic, SE of Newark, USA.
The Maersk vessel was too far out at sea for a Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter to make it both ways to medevac the injured crew member who suffered burns in the explosion.
“It was not a massive explosion. There was a minor fire that was extinguished promptly,” said Tom Boyd, media relations manager for Maersk North America. “We only had one injury. He was discharged [Tuesday]. He’s doing great. He recovered quickly. He had second-degree burns on his hands and then some burns on his head.”
“We have another ship on the same vessel service, the Lica Maersk, that will carry the onward cargo to other ports of call,” Boyd said. “I think maybe there will be a one-week impact to supply chains.”
Today, the shipping website Maritime Bulletin has published photos of the Laura Maersk’s engine room taken after the blast that gives some indication of the damage it suffered.
The ship is expected to arrive in New York Harbor under tow at 11 a.m. Thursday.
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