MOL Comfort's sister ships to return to service mid-August

By Curious

After the 8,100-TEU container ship MOL Comfort split in 2 and sank in the Indian Ocean off Yemen last month, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) withdrew her sister vessels from service to strengthen their hulls and now reassigns the MOL Courage on the LP1 loop from Singapore on 13th of August, 2013 and MOL Celebration on 15th of August.

The remaining 4 sister vessels, the MOL Competence, MOL Creation, MOL Charisma and MOL Commitment, are all going to remain at drydock until hull strenghtening is accomplished.

The fortified sister ships MOL Courage and MOL Celebration are going to take over from the MOL Competence on the Kobe-Singapore leg and MOL Gratitude is going to replace MOL Courage on Singapore leg.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and ClassNK are continuing the investigation with preliminary findings due early September supported by Lloyd's Register. MOL stated it is going to compensate shippers that suffered a total loss based on contract requirements. 

Background information for the MOL Comfort accident:

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced in a statement that the MOL-operated container vessel MOL Comfort experienced a crack amidships and ingressed water in the hold while sailing from Singapore to Jeddah on the Indian Ocean on 17th of June, 2013 due to inclement weather conditions.

Due to bad weather it was impossible for the container ship to continue on, under its own power.

Some of the onboard containers on the MOL Confort were lost overboard or suffered damage during the accident. Details are being confirmed.

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