MOL Comfort Saga Ends as Fore Part Sinks

By MarEx 2013-07-11 08:23:00

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. reports the fore part 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 UTC on July 10 (04:00 on July 11 JST).

In a statement, MOL noted: "We have reported this fact to the flag state of Bahamas, Indian authorities and parties concerned. We will keep the salvage team at the scene to monitor if there is any oil leakage and floating containers." 

The fore section of the vessel reportedly had roughly 1,600 metric tonnes of fuel oil onboard, as well as other oil in its tanks, at the time of its sinking. There is an oil film at the incident site, but no large quantities of leakage have been seen.

About 2,400 containers also sunk with MOL COMFORT's fore section. Some other containers were located floating in waters near the site of sinking.

In case you missed it, the unfortunate chronicle of events surrounding the MOL COMFORT can be found below:

Container Ship Breaks in Half and Sinks, 26 Rescued

Aft Section of MOL Comfort Sinks

Tow Line Pulling MOL Comfort's Fore Part Snaps

Flames Erupt Aboard MOL Comfort's Fore Part Under Tow