A fire broke out from the rear end on July 6, and one tug boat and two rescue boats have been responding to the fire. On top of these three boats, the salvage company requested assistance of the Indian Coast Guard for fire fighting, and their patrol boat “SAMUDRA PRAHARI” with an external fire fighting system, arrived at the scene around 0030 UTC on July 8, and started fire fighting with the others immediately. However, due to adverse weather, the work has not been progressing smoothly and the fire is not yet under control. Observations show that many containers on the deck have been burnt out.
One report states that the Indian Coast Guard was able to get the blaze under control. Other reports state there are four vessels continuing to fight the fire including one from the Indian Coast Guard, but they have been unable to bring the fire under control.
Four support vessels arrived in the area where the two sections of the Mol Comfort were adrift. The Forward section of the container ship is near the position 15’43 N, 69’07 E. The aft portion of the was near 14’03 N 65’30 E. The bow section was taken under tow and was proceeding back towards the Arabian Gulf. The stern section was still being monitored. Reports state weather conditions remain rough. Additional reports state some oil pollution was spotted near the aft section.
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).