TOKYO- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) reports the aft part of the containershipMOL Comfort sank in the open sea near 14’26”N 66’26”E (water depth about 4,000m) at 16:48 JST (11:48 Dubai time) on June 27.
The vessel had been unable to continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in 2 parts while under way on the Indian Ocean.
About 1,700 containers aboard the aft part sank with this section of the vessel. Some are confirmed floating near the site. About 1,500 metric tons of fuel oil was estimated to be aboard in the tanks of the aft part. No large volume of oil leakage is confirmed at this moment. We have reported this fact to Indian authorities while we are keeping patrol boats in the area to monitor the situation of oil leakage and floating containers.
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).