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The 11,000-TEU container vessel of Maersk Line, Eugen Maersk caught fire during a sailing to the Port Said, in Egypt. The fire onboard the Eugen Maersk container ship started in 3 containers during the passage through the Gulf of Aden.
The crew members reacted promptly and isolated the fire from spreading to the other containers. The affected containers aboard the Eugen Maersk didn't contain hazardous goods according to the papers and documents.
The incident caused the Eugen Maersk container ship to anchor at Republic of Djibouti where 2 tug vessels assisted with fire fighting and just after ensuring that there is no fire and no any potential risk of a new fire onboard Eugen Maersk the mega-boxship was permitted to enter into Doraleh Container Terminalnow to berth.
The affected containers aboard the Eugen Maersk were discharged and the container ship was inspected by the local maritime authorities. Still the cause for the fire is unknown and the company started investigation for the reasons of the incident.
Latest updates on the accident of the Mitsui O.S.K. Linescontainer ship MOL Comfort as of 23:00 JST (18:00 Dubai time) on 19th of June, 2013. The damaged container ship MOL Comfort is still afloat but couldn't continue floating under its own power from 17th of June, 2013 because the hull broke in two parts while sailing on the Indian Ocean.
The police officials have classified the robbing of some crew members onboard a cargo vessel offshore near Miri on Monday as a case of robbery at sea.
Mun Kock Keong, who is police chief Asst Comm at Miri told whether or not the accident was the work of pirates or just local robbers is being investigated by the maritime and police officials.
"The crew members have lodged an official police report on the accident. We have referred the case to the maritime enforcement agency since it is a case of robbery, which occurred at sea.
"Whether or not pirates are involved in this robbery, they are being investigated," he added when asked about the accident where 3 crew members were told to be injured during a scuffle with a group of masked people that boarded the cargo vessel while it was sailing from the Kuala Baram port to Bintulu.
It was also said that the masked people boarded the cargo vessel in the dark of the night and robbed the crew members of cash and personal items like hand phones.
It was presumed that the robberies were the work of locals and not pirates from other places as there are no nearby islands where pirates can hide out.
The nearest island from Miri is Labuan, which is well-patrolled by security officers.
MOL Comfort (ex APL Russia) 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.
At present stage, even the weirdest theories of the real cause of this accident can not be ignored, something like explosion or several explosions, or whatever else one may fantasize.
Putting aside some exotic versions, most likely causes that come into mind are some basic design and building faults; serious disbalance of the loaded containers weight due to false cargo weight declarations and faulty cargo plan; faulty ballasting of the container ship. Most probably, if that’s the case, the sinking was caused not by just one of the above-mentioned factors, but by their combination, and triggered by rough weather.
If it is going to be found, that there were a few factors involved, then, the questions arise which require sound and unequivocal answers.
The questions of insurance and cargo loss coverage for shippers, especially minor ones, is also important, too.
We do not also have to forget another risk quite a number of experts are already worried over – the risk of major fire on a giant ocean-going container vessel.
One thing is clear, though. The liner sector, 1st of all majors, are going to do whatever it takes to hide unfavorable factors and especially, basic faults, if there are any. The awesome container transportation mechanism they created may not stand serious modifications, called by safety needs.
Koichi Muto, President of the Tokyo - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines reported that the container vessel MOL Comfort (ex APL Russia container ship) couldn't continue sailing under its own power because the vessel's hull suffered a serious crack amidships while sailing on the Indian Ocean. The container ship was fractured in 2 parts, fore and aft.
At 7:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, 18th of June, 2013, the fore part of the hull is drifting around 13' 00" N 60' 40" E, and the aft part is about 19 nautical miles southwest from that point. At present, both parts of the container vessel MOL Comfort are laden with containers and drifting in an east-northeast direction. We are also arranging tug vessels to tow both parts of our container ship.
There are no indications as yet of a major oil leak of MOL Comfort near the site. Continue reading →