The 398 meter long, 158200 dwt container shipEugen Maersk suffered a fire while crossing the Gulf of Aden from Jebel Ali. The fire started in one of the containers and spread to two nearby containers. The crew responded and tried to contain the blaze. The vessel proceeded to an anchorage off Djibouti where a tug with fire-fighting equipment was able to extinguish the fire. The Eugen Maersk proceeded to container terminal at Djibouti where it unloaded containers damaged by the fire. The vessel is expected to proceed to Port Said. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The MRCC in Mumbai has reported that the sections of the Mol Comfort remain afloat. Around noon JST on Tuesday, June 18 (07:00 local time), the fore part of the hull is drifting around 13’00″N 60’40″E, and the aft part is about 19 miles southwest from that point. At present, both parts of the ship are laden with containers and drifting in an east-northeast direction. The sections are being monitored by the Sanderling Ace, another vessel managed by MOL. The company is also arranging tugboats to tow both sections.
The reason for the 5 year old vessel to break-in-two is still not known. Reports state the vessel could result in a lost around 83 million dollars for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).