MOL COMFORT UPDATE: Current position & Inspection of its 6 sister ships

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Update on the damaged container ship MOL Comfort was released by its company owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines at 14:00 UTC on 24th of June, 2013. The container ship MOL Comfort that broke in 2 parts couldn't continue sailing under its own power from 17th of June because the hull fractured in two parts while under way on the Indian Ocean.

1. Container ship MOL Comfort - the aft and fore are drifting near 13'48"N 64'50"E and 15'25"N 67'53"E respectively in an east-northeast direction. The weather condition at the site is still adverse.

2. Containers onboard MOL Comfort - some of the containers onboard the damaged MOL Comfort were lost, but majority of the cargo are confirmed to be aboard the aft and fore part.

3. Rescue of the cargo and hulls of MOL Comfort - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has contracted with a salvage company and are proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls of the fractured in 2 parts container ship MOL Comfort. A patrol vessel and 3 other tug vessels have arrived at the site on June 24, 2013. Total of 5 vessels including 1 more boat that is expected to arrive on June 26 is going to prepare for the rescue operation.

4. Oil leakage of MOL Comfort - the company owner confirmed there is no oil film around MOL Comfort.

5. Safety inspection on sister ships of MOL Comfort - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has started an investigation of the causes together with the shipbuilder, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (hereafter MHI). Even though the cause of this accident, which lead MOL Comfort to breaks in 2 parts, hasn't been identified yet. MOL, along with MHI and the classification society (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, ClassNK), is now settling an inspection of all 6 sister ships as quickly as possible:

1) MOL Creation
Flag: Bahamas
AIS type: Cargo ships (HAZ-A)
Built: 2007
Size: 316 / 46 m
DWT: 90678
2) MOL Charisma
Flag: Bahamas
AIS type: Cargo ships (HAZ-A)
Built: 2007
Size: 316 / 46 m
DWT: 90630
3) MOL Celebration
Flag: Bahamas
AIS type: Cargo ships (HAZ-D)
Built: 2008
Size: 316 / 46 m
DWT: 90649

4) MOL Courage
Flag: Bahamas
AIS type: Cargo ships (HAZ-A)
Built: 2008
Size: 316 / 46 m
DWT: 90634

5) MOL Competence
Flag: Bahamas
AIS type: Cargo ships (HAZ-A)
Built: 2008
Size: 316 / 46 m
DWT: 90613

6) MOL Commitment
Flag: Bahamas
AIS type: Cargo ships (HAZ-A)
Built: 2013
Size: 316 / 46 m
DWT: 90000

The inspection of these 6 sister vessels of MOL Comfort is in addition to the one carried out by the crew members during navigation. MOL also started operational precautions in order to reduce the stress on the hull as an interim contingency plan.

The company-owner of the damaged MOL Comfort said: "We sincerely want to apologize for any inconvenience caused by the accident. We take this accident very seriously and continue to devote every effort to rectify the situation at the earliest possible moment. We are also going to conduct a thorough investigation to define what caused the accident and take company-wide measures aimed at preventing reoccurrence of such accident in the future."

Related: June 26: MOL COMFORT UPDATE: Initial Inspections show the fore part leans forward; drifting to India