Class NK expedites ‘MOL Comfort’ investigations after remaining part sinks

12 Jul 2013

Japanese classification society ClassNK says that following the sinking of the fore part of the ‘MOL Comfort’, its casualty investigation team intends to expedite the investigation into the cause of the incident.

Under the leadership of executive vice president Toshitomo Matsui, the ClassNK casualty investigation team, established in response to the 17 June 2013 casualty involving MOL Comfort in the Indian Ocean, continues to work in close contact with shipowner Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), builder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and government authorities.

MOL has reported that the fore section of the MOL Comfort, which was expected to provide investigators with valuable information on the cause of the casualty, sank on 11 July 2013. The ClassNK casualty investigation team says that as a result of this unfortunate occurrence, it will expedite the investigation, and expects to consolidate its preliminary findings by early September 2013.

ClassNK added that it “has the greatest respect for all parties involved for their hard work and efforts in response to this casualty, foremost among them the safe rescue of all the ship's crew.” It says that it will continue to make every effort to determine the cause of the incident, and will work to ensure that the results of the investigation are used to secure greater safety for the maritime industry.

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