The remains of 3 of the 4 crew members who went missing after fire broke out on a Maersk Line container vessel in the Arabian Sea have been recovered.
"It is with deep sadness that we announce that the human remains of 3 of the 4 missing crew members after the fire aboard Maersk Honam have been found on board the vessel," the company said in a statement.
The missing crewmembers, 2 of whom are said to be Filipinos, remain unidentified as of press time. The families of the 4 crewmembers have been informed.
The vessel caught fire on March 6 about 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman.
“Our most heartfelt condolences go out to families of our deceased colleagues. We share their sorrow and do our outmost to support them in this devastating time,” said Chief Operating Officer Søren Toft.
The condition of all 22 crewmembers evacuated from the vessel are progressing positively, the company said. Majority were released from the hospitals, it added.
“Our colleagues that were evacuated to local hospitals in varying conditions of health are improving and we are now preparing to bring them back to their families as their condition allows,” said Palle Laursen, Chief Technical Officer for Maersk Line.
The India Marine Police is currently conducting a routine investigation of the incident and is set to interview all crewmembers.
The firm said a full investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the fire and the impact to the vessel and cargo.