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Aft section of MOL Comfort in danger of sinking

Dubai: Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has released further details today about its containership, MOL Comfort, which split in two 200 miles off Yemen on June 17 in bad weather.

While the fore part is being towed to shore, the aft part is rolling heavily in adverse weather, with ingressing water in the cargo hold and the loss of containers on deck. The bad weather has hampered efforts to start towing the aft of the 7,000 teu ship.

Meanwhile, MOL has started operational precautions to reduce the stress on the hulls of the six sister ships of MOL Comfort as investigations continue into how this five-year-old Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-built ship could have split in two.
MOL will conduct upgrade works to further strengthen the hull structures of the six sister ships as soon as possible. The vessels will phase-out from service for the upgrade works and the sailing schedule will be revised accordingly.  [27/06/13]

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