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23 juin 2013

MOL COMFORT : Scénario improbable mais vrais questionnements

MOL COMFORT Accident 17062013 (23)Nouveau scénario improbable pour véritables interrogations. L'histoire qui se déroule actuellement dans la mer d'Oman est finalemement assez incompréhensible puisque près de 7 ans après le MSC NAPOLI, il semble que tous les enseignements de ce type de catastrophe n'aient pas encore été tirés puisque nous nous retrouvons à nouveau avec un porte conteneur, brisé en deux, dont la poupe et la proue dérivent en pleine tempête.

On pourra sans doute se satisfaire que les deux parties ne coulent pas, laissant une chance aux sauveteurs de ramener le tout à bon port mais cet accident ne rassurera sans doute personne, et notamment les assureurs.

En effet, comment un tel accident peut-il arriver à un navire aussi récent (5 ans), ayant bénéficié de toutes les nouvelles recherches et retours d'expérience  concernant les efforts sur la structure des navires de grande taille (et il ne s'agit pas ici d'un "utlra-géant de plus 13 000, voire 18 000 conteneurs).

Après le MSC CARLA et le MSC NAPOLI, et surement beaucoup d'autres, voici le MOL COMFORT et sa dérive dans la Mer d'Oman. Les opérations de sauvetage actuellement en cours, et si elles réussissent, vont être spectaculaires et nous ne manquerons pas de revenir sur cette fortune de mer. Vous pouvez d'ores et déjà consulter la page que nous lui consacrons en cliquant ici.

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22 juin 2013

Naufrage du MOL COMFORT le 17 juin 2013

Summary : On the 17 june 2013, while while under way from Singapore to Jeddah on the Indian Ocean (12'30"N 60'E) at about noon JST (07:00 local time) on June 17, 2013 during inclement weather, the MOL-operated containership MOL Comfort suffered a crack amidships and ingressing water in the hold. This made it impossible for the vessel to continue on under its own power. Some of the containers on the vessel were lost overboard or suffered damage during the incident. Details are being confirmed.The damage to the MOL Comfort is extensive, while the 26 crew members took to lifeboats. All were safely rescued by other vessel in the area. A rescue team is appointed with a salvage company to assess the situation and to prepare salvage operations.

 

Vessel & Interveners 

 

1 - IMO NUMBER 9358761 2- NAME OF SHIP MOL COMFORT
3 - Call Sign C6XF2 4 - MMSI 311006900
5 - Tonnage Brut 86 692 7 - DWT 90 613
8 - Type de navire Container Vessel 9 - Status of Ship In service
9 - Flag Bahamas 9- Year of build 2008
10 - Propriétaire déclaré URAL CONTAINER CARRIERS SA 10-1 Address

 

Care of Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd

1-1, Toranomon 2-chome

Minatu-ku, Tokyo-to

105-86688 JAPAN

 

11 - Ship Manager

MOL SHIP MANAGEMENT SINGAPORE

11-1 Address

 

05-02, 2 Havelock Road

Singapore 059763

 

 

12 - ISM Manager

 

MOL SHIP MANAGEMENT SINGAPORE

 

12 -1 Address

 

05-02, 2 Havelock Road
Singapore 059763

 

13 - Classification Society

 

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai

14 - P&I

 Japan Ship Owners' P&I Association

 

15- Hull Insurers

 

 Unknown

16 - Salvors

 

 

  

Location of the casualty

 

 

 

Pictures

 

 

 

Story

 

23 June 2013 - MOL
TOKYO- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) updates the status of the containership MOL Comfort as of 23:00 JST (18:00 Dubai time) on June 22 , 2013. The vessel could not continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in 2 parts while under way on the Indian Ocean.
1. Vessel
The fore and aft parts are drifting near 14"52N 65'46"E and 13'29"N 63'27"E respectively in an east-northeast direction. The weather at the site is still adverse. The patrol boat which we have arranged is expected to arrive at the ocean site around June 24.
2. Containers (No change from the Update (No.6))
Some of the containers might be lost or damaged during the incident, but majority of the cargo are confirmed to be aboard the fore and aft part.
3. Rescue of the cargo and hulls
We have contracted with a salvage company and are proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls. Three tugboats are heading to the site, and two of them are expected to arrive around June 24 while the 3rd one is around June 25.
4. Oil leakage (No change from the Update (No.6))
We confirmed no large volume of oil leakage.

 

22 June 2013 - MOL
TOKYO- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) updates the status of the containership MOL Comfort as of 23:00 JST (18:00 Dubai time) on June 21, 2013. The vessel could not continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in 2 parts while under way on the Indian Ocean.
1. Vessel
The fore and aft parts are drifting near 14"35N 64'50"E and 13'22"N 62'48"E respectively in an east-northeast direction. The weather at the site is still adverse. The patrol boat which we have arranged is expected to arrive at the ocean site around June 24.
2. Containers (No change from the Update (No.5))
Some of the containers might be lost or damaged during the incident, but majority of the cargo are confirmed to be aboard the fore and aft part.
3. Rescue of the cargo and hulls
We have contracted with a salvage company and are proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls. Two tugboats are heading toward the site and are expected to arrive around June 24.
4. Oil leakage (No change from the Update (No.5))
We confirmed no large volume of oil leakage.

 

21 June 2013 - MOL
TOKYO- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) updates the status of the containership MOL Comfort as of 23:00 JST (18:00 Dubai time) on June 20, 2013. The vessel could not continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in 2 parts while under way on the Indian Ocean.
1. Vessel
The fore and aft parts are drifting near 14'10"N 63'27"E and 13'13"N 62'05"E respectively in an east-northeast direction. The weather at the site is still adverse. The patrol boat which has departed Port of Jebel Ali, U.A.E. on June 19 is expected to arrive at the ocean site on around June 24.
2. Containers
Some of the containers might be lost or damaged during the incident, but majority of the cargo are confirmed to be aboard the fore and aft part.
[No change on below items 3 and 4 from the Update (No.4) released on June 20]
3. Rescue of the cargo and hulls
We have contracted with a salvage company and are proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls.
4. Oil leakage
We confirmed no large volume of oil leakage.

 

20 June 2013 - MOL
TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) updates the status of the containership MOL Comfort as of 23:00 JST (18:00 Dubai time) on June 19, 2013. The vessel could not continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in 2 parts while under way on the Indian Ocean,

Vessel
The aft part is drifting near 13'00"N 61'29"E in an east-northeast direction. The status of the fore part is to be confirmed while the visibility is limited due to adverse weather. The patrol boat which has departed Port of Jebel Ali, U.A.E. on June 19, as mentioned in the Update (No.3), is expected to arrive at the ocean site on June 24.
Containers
Some of the containers might be lost or damaged during the incident, but majority of the cargo are confirmed to be aboard the aft part. The status of the fore part is to be confirmed.
Rescue of the cargo and hulls
We have contracted with a salvage company and are proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls.
Oil leakage
We confirmed no large volume of oil leakage.

 

19 June 2013 - MOL
TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) reports that the containership MOL Comfort could not continue sailing under its own power because the hull fractured in two parts while under way on the Indian Ocean. At about 10:00 JST (05:00 local time) on June 19, 2013, two parts, fore and aft, laden with containers are drifting at about 2 knots near 12'57"N 61'10"E (the aft) (the central part of the Indian Ocean) in an east-northeast direction.
Today, we arranged a patrol boat which has already departed from Port of Jebel Ali, U.A.E. to monitor the state of the vessel and the cargo and for the preparation of tow operations. The boat is expected to arrive at the ocean site on 23rd if it goes smoothly. In parallel, we are arranging tugboats to tow the MOL Comfort.
In addition, we have started investigating the cause of the incident jointly with the vessel's shipbuilder, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
In the afternoon yesterday (JST), according to a report from our-operated vessel, which passed nearby the site, the MOL Comfort was stably floating even under adverse weather. It has not been acknowledged that fire has occurred nor a large volume of oil has leaked. All crew members were safely rescued when the incident occurred.


18 June 2013 - MOL
TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) reports that the containership MOL Comfort could not continue sailing under its own power because the hull suffered a crack amidships while under way on the Indian Ocean. The vessel was fractured in two parts, fore and aft.
At about noon JST on Tuesday, June 18 (07:00 local time), the fore part of the hull is drifting around 13'00"N 60'40"E, and the aft part is about 19 miles southwest from that point. At present, both parts of the ship are laden with containers and drifting in an east-northeast direction. We are also arranging tugboats to tow both parts.
There are no indications as yet of a major oil leak near the site.
Details of onboard containers of the MOL Comfort that might be lost overboard or damaged during the incident are being confirmed.

 

17 Juin 2013 - MOL
TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) reports that the MOL-operated containership MOL Comfort, while under way from Singapore to Jeddah on the Indian Ocean (12'30"N 60'E) at about noon JST (07:00 local time) on June 17, 2013 during inclement weather, suffered a crack amidships and ingressing water in the hold. This made it impossible for the vessel to continue on under its own power.

Some of the containers on the vessel were lost overboard or suffered damage during the incident. Details are being confirmed.The damage to the MOL Comfort is extensive, while the 26 crew members took to lifeboats. All were safely rescued by other vessel in the area.

MOL immediately set up the Emergency Control Headquarters (headed by President Koichi Muto) for the incident, and is taking company-wide measures necessary to settle the matter properly.

 

Costs

 

1 - Hull & Machinery

USD 66 Millions  

(with USD 17 Millions of Increase Value)

2 - Cargo USD 
3 - Salvage USD  4 - Costs USD 

 

 

Liabilty Limits

 

1- LLMC 1976 DTS XX 2 -LLMC 1996 DTS XX
3 -CLC PROT 1992 DTS XXX 4 - CLC PROT 2000 DTS XXXX
5 - PAL 1974 DTS XXX 6 - PAL PROT 2000 DTS XXX
7 - BUNKER 2001 SANS OBJET    

 

Cause of the casualty

 

Under investigation

 

Sources - Links - Reports

 

MOL

 

B

 

 C

 

 D

 

 

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