MAERSK container ship disabled by explosion, UPDATE on tow

Jun 9 UPDATE: Photos of LAURA MAERSK engine room after main engine’s turbine explosion

Tug ATLANTIC ENTERPRISE (IMO 7417240) seems to be contracted for LAURA MAERSK towage (or delivery of spare parts and probably, technicians, to fix problem on board and restart engine), judging from ships’ tracks. As of 0600 UTC Jun 8, disabled LAURA MAERSK was still adrift, with tug ATLANTIC ENTERPRISE approaching her, tug is to be at her side today Jun 8.
1400 UTC: Tug ATLANTIC ENTERPRISE took LAURA MAERSK on tow, port of destination Newark

Jun 7 UPDATE: Ship’s status didn’t change. As of 0430 UTC Jun 7, ship is still disabled, drifting in northern direction. Seems like tug is contracted, but it has to be confirmed. Weather is favorable.

Container ship LAURA MAERSK suffered an explosion in engine room, which injured one crew and disabled the ship, late Jun 4 in North Atlantic, SE of Newark, USA. CG helicopter couldn’t make it both ways to medevac injured crew, so helicopter landed on Navy destroyer USS MAHAN, and took off from destroyer after approaching damaged LAURA MAERSK. Crew was transferred to hospital in Norfolk.
As of 0530 UTC Jun 6, LAURA MAERSK remained according to track, disabled and adrift, no tug in sight, probably crew will manage to restart engine by own means. She was to arrive at Newark on Jun 5, from Algeciras Spain.
Container ship LAURA MAERSK, IMO 9190731, dwt 63200, capacity 4045 TEU, built 2001, flag Denmark.



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