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June 24, 2013

Update (No.8): Incident Involving the Containership MOL Comfort

TOKYO- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) updates the status of  the containership MOL Comfort as of 23:00 JST (18:00 Dubai time) on June 23, 2013. The vessel could not continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in 2 parts while under way on the Indian Ocean. 

1. Vessel
The fore and aft parts are drifting near 15”12N 66’53”E and 13’38”N 64’10”E respectively in an east-northeast direction. The weather at the site is still adverse. 
2. Containers (No change from the Update (No.7))
Some of the containers might be lost or damaged during the incident, but majority of the cargo are confirmed to be aboard the fore and aft part. 

3. Rescue of the cargo and hulls
We have contracted with a salvage company and are proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls. One patrol boat and three tugboats are heading to the site, and all of them are expected to arrive within June 24. 

4. Oil leakage (No change from the Update (No.7))
We confirmed no large volume of oil leakage.

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