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July 02, 2013

Update (No.17): 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 July 01, 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.

  • Vessel
    The fore part is located near 17'02"N 67'57"E. The weather in the area is still adverse.
  • Containers
    The condition of the fore part is stable with majority of cargo aboard.
  • Rescue of the cargo and hulls
    We have contracted with a salvage company to rescue the cargo and hulls. The tow wire was disconnected from the fore part which was being towed in a west-northwest direction. We are working on the recovery with 3 tugboats and will resume the towing in a west-northwest direction once the work is completed.
  • Oil leakage (No change from the Update (No.16))
    We confirmed through the monitoring that no oil film around the fore part is present.

We had been monitoring the area where the aft part sank on June 27, but confirmed neither oil leakage nor floating containers visible. We have reported the same to Indian authorities and have completed the monitoring operations.

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