Remains of three out of four missing crew members found onboard Maersk Honam
"At this point in time our three colleagues are unidentified.
"Given the time passed and the severe fire damages of the vessel we must conclude by now that we have lost all four colleagues who have been missing since the fire onboard Maersk Honam which began on 6 March. All four families of our deceased colleagues have been informed.
"A thorough search on board the Maersk Honam continues. However, the active search and rescue mission at sea will be brought to a halt.
"The search and rescue operation began immediately after Maersk Honam had sent out a distress signal on 6 March due to a serious fire aboard. Several container vessels diverted their route to assist in the search and rescue operation.
"The fire-fighting efforts on board Maersk Honam are progressing. Specialized firefighting vessels remain engaged, with salvage operations led by Smit Salvage and Ardent – two best-in-class companies within maritime salvage operations.
"Maersk Line is cooperating with the salvors and has two Marine Engineers onsite, working closely with Smit and Ardent.
"A full investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the fire and the impact to the vessel and cargo." ■