Sunday, 7 July 2013

MOL Comfort Stern on Fire

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) reports today that the a fire has broken out on the rear end of the fore part of the vessel at around 0030UTC (0930 JST) on July 6.
“We immediately requested the salvage company to start fire fighting. The tug boat and other two rescue boats are responding to the fire at the scene,” notes MOL in a statement on their website.
According to a statement on MOL’s website, the fire is not yet under control and efforts to contain the blaze have been hampered by adverse weather.  Following a request by the salvage company, the Indian Coast Guard’s patrol boat “Samudra Prahari”, which is equipped with powerful external fire fighting system, has been dispatched and is now proceeding to the scene.
The fire was noticed by Indian Coast Guard's Dornier aircraft at 11 am on Saturday while on routine maritime surveillance mission. It was bound for Port Sohar, Oman.
This is the second significant setback to befall the salvors after the stern of the vessel sank in heavy seas on June 27.

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