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Indian Coast Guard joins battle against fire on MOL Comfort

Indian Coast Guard joins battle against fire on MOL Comfort
The Indian Coast Guard has joined the battle to put out a fire raging on the wreck of the MOL Comfort.

The 7,041 teu MOL Comfort split in two in bad weather in the Indian Ocean on 17 June.

The fore section of the containership that broke in two 17 June was being towed to the Arabian Gulf when fire broke out on 6 July.

Three vessels engaged by the salvors have been unable to put out the fire and were joined in the early hours of 8 July by Samudra Prahari a firefighting vessel belonging to the Indian Coast Guard.

With the fire raging for three days Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) did not sound hopeful that they would be able to bring it under control. “We will make our best effort to contain the fire though the weather is still not favorable to us,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

The aft section of the vessel sank on 27 June, in water depth of 4,000 m with roughly 1,700 containers onboard.

Six sister vessels of the MOL Comfort, all built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are being taken out of service for hull strengthening. Lloyd’s Register has appointed to try and determine the cause of the accident.

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