MOL looks in to containership safety

13 Aug 2013
MOL is looking to improve its future containership safety standards

MOL is looking to improve its future containership safety standards

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is looking to improve its safety standards following the ‘MOL Comfort’ incident, which occurred on 17 June 2013 in the Indian Ocean.

MOL has carried out a “thorough investigation” into the causes of the MOL Comfort hull fracture. This follows the company’s preventative measures to enhance future containership safety of six vessels, which were put in place immediately after the incident.

Measures taken to reinforce the hulls of MOL Celebration, MOL Courage and MOL Creation, were recently completed. The vessels have now returned to Asia-North Europe service.

The work completed aimed to strengthen the hull structures to approximately twice that required by ClassNK, which conforms to International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) standards.

Lloyd’s Register, which MOL appointed as technical consultant, says the structural reinforcement is the best preventive measure against a similar failure at present.  

The other vessels, MOL Charisma and MOL Competence, are already at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ dockyards. Their hull reinforcement is expected to be completed by October.

Hull work for MOL Commitment, which was newly delivered in June, is expected to be completed by February 2014.

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