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 26, 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 15’52”N 68’53”E. The aft part is drifting near 14’13”N 66’04”E in an east-northeast direction. The weather at the site is still adverse.
The aft part is rolling heavily in adverse weather, and we regret to inform that the ingressing water in the cargo hold and the loss of containers on deck are progressing. 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 toward Arabian Gulf. As to the aft part, we have not been able to start the tow operation due to adverse weather. We will continue to monitor the situation.
4. Oil leakage (No change from the Update (No.10))
We confirmed no oil film around the fore part. For the aft part, there is oil film, but there is no large volume of oil leakage confirmed.
5. Safety inspection on sister vessels
Please refer to the Press Release “Safety Enhancement on Sister Vessels of the Containership MOL Comfort” on June 27.