MOL containership incident

18 Jun 2013

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) 8,000 teu containership, the 'MOL Comfort', has split in two off the coast of Mumbai after suffering a crack amidships whilst travelling fully laden from Singapore to Jeddah.

It’s not yet known why the vessel, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, split in two but the incident happened during inclement weather in the Indian Ocean and left the vessel fractured and taking in water to the hold.

The 26 crewmembers took to lifeboats and were subsequently all rescued by another vessel in the area.

MOL Comfort split in two some time thereafter and at 7.00am local time today both parts of the ship were clocked drifting 19 miles apart in a northeast direction still fully laden with containers.

A MOL spokesperson said to the Motorship: “We are making group-wide efforts in response to the incident right now, and also striving to collect information to find out the causes.”

The company is also arranging tugboats to salvage both parts of the vessel.

But as yet, it’s unable to confirm how many containers were lost or damaged during the incident and how much oil is leaking from the vessel.

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