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'MOL Comfort sank due to yet unclear reasons, sailing from Singapore to Jeddah and after that to North Europe, leaving behind hundreds of drifting containers and a huge aftershock hitting liner sector and all of the maritime industry.

Even the scale of the consequences is hard, impossible, to estimate, not to mention consequences themselves. This is the 1st case in liner sector, when modern ocean-going liner container vessel (built in Japan!) sank in the ocean after breaking in 2 parts, like a poorly built and managed bulk carrier or over aged coaster. Nothing like this ever occurred, and no one believed it was possible, even theoretically. It just could not happen, but still, here it is.'

Comment by George Kaplan on June 21, 2013 at 3:58pm

Would like to think was not accidental.  ;)

Comment by truth on June 21, 2013 at 4:07pm
Seal team 6 getting its revenge?
Comment by Elyag Reed on June 21, 2013 at 5:57pm



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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

'MOL Comfort' disaster sparks fear over safety of its sisterships

The Tokyo-based shipping line is working with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (7011) to find out what caused the MOL Comfort’s hull to crack during “inclement weather”

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. : Update (No.6): Incident Involving the Containership MOL Comfort

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) updates the status of  the containership MOL Comfort as of 23:00 JST (18:00 Dubai time) on June 21, 2013. The vessel could not continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in 2 parts while under way on the Indian Ocean.

1. Vessel
The fore and aft parts are drifting near 14"35N 64'50"E and 13'22"N 62'48"E respectively in an east-northeast direction. The weather at the site is still adverse. The patrol boat which we have arranged is expected to arrive at the ocean site around June 24.

2. Containers (No change from the Update (No.5))
Some of the containers might be lost or damaged during the incident, but majority of the cargo are confirmed to be aboard the fore and aft part.

3. Rescue of the cargo and hulls
We have contracted with a salvage company and are proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls. Two tugboats are heading toward the site and are expected to arrive around June 24.

4. Oil leakage (No change from the Update (No.5))
We confirmed no large volume of oil leakage.

MOL Group Hit By US Price - Fixing Suit

MOL Group Hit By US Price - Fixing Suit

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) said Wednesday its U.S. subsidiary Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (USA) Inc. (MOBUSA) is being targeted by a class-action lawsuit accusing it of conspiring to fix prices for the ocean transport of cars

Mitsui leads $83mn containership loss

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Comment by 14300 on June 24, 2013 at 6:09am

Obviously "someone" did not want the Syrian rebels to have these weapons!  My bet is on Russia!  8-P

Comment by truth on July 15, 2013 at 8:24am
firefighting mol comfort indian coast guard

Image (c) Indian Coast Guard

UPDATE (10 JUL): MOL Comfort Fore Section has Sunk

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) reported Saturday that a fire has broken out on the rear end of the fore part of the vessel at around 0030UTC (0930 JST) on July 6.

“We immediately requested the salvage company to start fire fighting. The tug boat and other two rescue boats are responding to the fire at the scene,” notes MOL in a statement on their website.

UPDATE: 8 July

Indian Coast Guard pollution response vessel, “ICGS Samudra Prahari” has arrived on scene to assist in the firefighting efforts on the fore section of the MOL Comfort.  We spoke with the Indian Coast Guard and they note that contrary to some reports, the fire is not yet contained and firefighting efforts continue as of 1500 GMT. Here are some photos from the scene.

firefighting mol comfort indian coast guard

Image (c) Indian Coast Guard

firefighting mol comfort indian coast guard

Image (c) Indian Coast Guard

Image courtesy Indian Coast Guard

Image (c) Indian Coast Guard

Image courtesy Indian Coast Guard

Image (c) Indian Coast Guard

firefighting mol comfort indian coast guard

Image (c) Indian Coast Guard

Comment by Old Denmark on July 15, 2013 at 8:47am

Great post.! Seems fishy that a brand new ship built in 2008 and inspected according to japanese ClassNK and IACS rules less than 3 weeks before all of a sudden breaks in half. Maybe someone loaded the cargo all wrong.?

Comment by Elyag Reed on July 15, 2013 at 10:29am




Whatever - The headhunting Rapists are still getting enough weapons to make up the difference.

We are Legion

Comment by truth on February 7, 2014 at 5:13pm

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A military helicopter evacuated the crew of a Spanish cargo ship that slammed into a jetty and ...


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