Denmark based global container shipping company Maersk’s ship was disabled because of main engine turbocharger explosion, some 275 miles off Ocean City, North Carolina, USA
As we reported earlier on 08th July that, Post-Panamax 4,258 TEU capacity Laura Maersk departed Algeciras, Spain, in late May, en route to Port Newark, USA, when it suffered an explosion in the engine room on 4th June in North Atlantic.
It is now revealed that it was main engine turbocharger which exploded, damaging the engine room, disabling ship while an engine crew member working in the vicinity was injured because of explosion and burns, which later on medevaced by USCG helicopter on Friday morning.
The injured man, Nationality not disclosed, was transported to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.
The explosion was followed by a fire in the engine room, which was extinguished, immediately.
Container ship has suffered no further damage, and the cargo was intact.
265 meters long Container ship Laura Maersk, IMO 9190731, dwt 63200, built 2001, flag Denmark, was being towed by tug ‘Atlantic Enterprise’ and heading towards Newark.
The Maersk company and relevant authorities has launched an investigation to find out the root cause of turbocharger explosion.
No further details on the incident have been unveiled at this moment.
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