MOL reports its containership MOL Comfort
has split in half, but that as of 7 a.m. the fore and aft sections of the 7,041-TEU ship continue to float with containers onboard in the Arabian Sea near the coast of Oman.
The company said the fore part of the ship is located 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 drifting in an
east-northeast direction, the company said. It is arranging for tugboats to tow both
Dramatic photos of the ship with a "broken back" and the two sections of the ship floating have been posted on the gCaptain Website
Yesterday, the company said the 26 crewmen were safely evacuated after the ship suffered a crack and was taking on water. Some press accounts inaccurately reported the ship had sunk.
The company said there are no indications as yet of a major oil leak near the site, and details on containers that might have been lost overboard
or damaged during the incident are being confirmed.
MOL said the ship sustained the crack at around 7 a.m. local time on Monday morning while in transit from Singapore to Jeddah. - Chris Dupin