Update (No.16): Incident Involving the Containership MOL Comfort
July 01, 2013
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 30, 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.
The fore part is located near 16’46”N 67’55”E. The weather in the area is still adverse.
2. Containers (No change from the Update (No.15))
The fore part is being towed stably with majority of cargo aboard.
3. Rescue of the cargo and hulls
We have contracted with a salvage company to rescue the cargo and hulls. We are towing the fore part in a west-northwest direction. As already reported, the aft part sank on June 27. We are keeping the patrol boats in the area to monitor where the aft part sank, while neither oil leakage nor floating containers are visible.
4. Oil leakage (No change from the Update (No.15))
We confirmed through the monitoring no oil film around the fore part and in the area where the aft part sank.