Mysterious explosion on board of boxship Maersk Seoul, forwarders remain in the dark
Container ship Maersk Seoul was reported to suffer explosion on board on July 19 in Strait of Hormuz, en route from Dubai to Jeddah. Vessel was taken to Hulaylah Terminal, probably towed there, and stayed at terminal until July 30, then moved to Dubai and on Aug 2 was anchored at Mina Rashid anchorage, Dubai, where she’s staying now, as of morning Aug 7.
It is understood, that forwarders and cargo owners don’t have information and started to worry. Some of the containers are transit ones, sources say the vessel was carrying a number of containers of South African citrus bound for the Middle East, however, according to fruitnet.com, no details are known about who the affected companies are.
According to available information, explosion occurred in container or containers, and most probably, caused fire. The vessel apparently was restricted in movements or maybe disabled. Vessel is, for all purposes, inoperable, undergoing emergency or salvage works. Forwarders meanwhile, are trying to get from Maersk information with regards to their containers and cargoes, according to fruitnet.com:
“We are currently awaiting feedback from Maersk and additional information for the vessel’s movements before and after the incident,” Werner van Rooyen of South Africa’s Fresh Produce Exporters Forum told Fruitnet.