MOL boxship rescues ferry survivors

06 Feb 2012

Mitsui OSK Lines says that the MOL-operated containership ‘MOL Summer’ has rescued 116 survivors from the ferry ‘Rabaul Queen’, which sank about 17 km east of Papua New Guinea on 2 February.

According to local reports, the Rabaul Queen with about 350 passengers aboard was under way from the port of Kimbe on New Britain Island to Lae in Papua New Guinea. On the morning of Thursday, 2 February, the Rabaul Queen sank near Fischhafen, shortly after transmitting a distress signal, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

The 38,332dwt MOL Summer, under way from Hong Kong to Brisbane, was dispatched by AMSA to serve as on-scene coordinator for the rescue operation, and pulled 116 survivors from the water, transferring them to AMSA at Lae on 3 February.

Meanwhile, eight other merchant vessels near the scene helped with rescue activities at the request of AMSA. In all, five vessels, including the MOL Summer, rescued a total of 246 people. MOL says that it hopes the remaining passengers and crew from the Rabaul Queen will be swiftly rescued and brought to safety.

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