Following a fire, American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC)’s M/V Honor was safely berthed at the Port of Southampton on the afternoon of Friday, February 24. The cargo fire is out, but the impacted and sealed cargo holds have not been opened. The ship is refilling its CO2 system in advance of opening the sealed cargo hold. Any possible cargo damage or vessel damage will not be assessed until the authorities grant permission to access the impacted spaces; that permission may not be granted for a few days.
There were no injuries to the crew and the ship is operating under its own power. ARC has made all the proper notifications to the relevant authorities and will have further updates as the situation evolves. The current focus is on making sure the ship and crew are safe and on investigating the cause of incident.
ARC’s M/V Honor has now refilled its CO2 system and proceed to anchorage on February 27.
In consultation with the appropriate authorities, a ventilation plan is being developed for approval and implementation. Any possible cargo damage or vessel damage will not be assessed until the authorities grant permission to access the impacted spaces. Permission is not expected to be granted until the middle of the week, at the earliest.