The fore section of the containership MOL Comfort sank in the high seas near 19’56″N 65’25″E (water depth about 3,000m) at 19:00 on July 10 UTC (04:00 on July 11 JST). About 2,400 containers on board the fore part of the vessel sank together, while some have been confirmed floating near the site. About 1,600 metric tons of fuel oil and other oil were estimated to be in the tanks of the fore part. There is an oil film at the site, but no large volume of oil leakage has been observed at this moment. Mitsui OSK lines have reported the sinking of the fore part to the flag state of the Bahamas, Indian authorities, and other parties concerned. A salvage team was at the scene to monitor oil leakage and the status of the floating containers.
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.
The tug boat reported that a fire broke out from the rear end of the fore part around 0030UTC (0930 JST) on July 6. Upon our immediate request to the salvage company to start fire fighting, the tug boat and two rescue boats have been responding to the fire. The fire is not under control due to adverse weather yet. The salvage company has requested fire fighting assistance of Indian Coast Guard, and their patrol boat “Samudra Prahari”, which is equipped with powerful external fire fighting system, is now proceeding to the scene.