MOL Comfort breaks in two at sea

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 08:39

The hull of M/V MOL Comfort was damaged at around noon (7:00 a.m. local time) on June 17 while the ship was on voyage V.005W21 sailing from Singapore to Jeddah

in Asia–North Europe LP1 service of G6 Alliance.

The vessel cracked amidship and water reportedly ingressed into the hold, making it impossible for the vessel to continue under its own power. Weather at the time was strong winds and seas up to six meters.

The 8,000 TEU-type containership cracked in half about 200 miles from the Yemeni coast at about 12’30″N 60′E  with a load of 7,041 TEUs.

According to information received, all 26 crew members were fortunately rescued, but some of the containers on the vessel were lost overboard or damaged during the incident.

All 26 crew – made up 11 Russians, 1 Ukrainian and 14 Filipinos - escaped the sinking ship on two life rafts and a lifeboat.

According to a report by IANS News, the Indian Coast Guard in Mumbai diverted three vessels in the area to assist. The MV Yantian Express was first to arrive on scene and rescued the survivors. 

The ship’s operator, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, says that an Emergency Control Headquarters has been established for the incident and MOL is taking company-wide measures to settle the matter. The MOL statement said that damage was “extensive” and that details of the incident were still being confirmed.