The MOL-operated ship MOL Comfort sustained a crack to its hull at around midday JST (07:00 local time) on June 17, 2013, reported Koichi Muto, President of TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. The incident, which occurred during the vessel’s journey from Singapore to Jeddah, was caused by inclement weather and resulted in water ingress into the hold, to such an extent that the MOL Comfort was unable to continue under its own power.
Some of the containers were lost overboard while others were damaged but all 26 crew members were evacuated via lifeboats and were brought to safety by other ships in the area.
The company immediately set up an Emergency Control Headquarters (headed by President Koichi Muto) to deal with the incident, and is currently taking company-wide measures to settle the matter adequately.
Fortunately, no major oil leak has yet been observed near the site.
The company has also issued a detailed list of the containers believed to have been lost overboard or damaged.
Profile of MOL Comfort
Type of ship: Containership (8000-TEU type)
Containers loaded : 4,382 units (7,041 TEU)
Crew: 26 (11 Russians, 1 Ukrainian, 14 Filipinos)
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