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MOL Comfort blaze rages out of control for fourth day

MOL Comfort blaze rages out of control for fourth day
Fire is raging out of control for a fourth day on the wreck of the MOL Comfort in the Indian Ocean.

The blaze on the fore section of the stricken boxship broke out on 6 July as it was being towed to the Arabian Gulf. Four vessels are fighting the fire including one from the Indian Coast Guard. However, they have been unable to bring the fire under control.

“Due to adverse weather, the work has not been progressing smoothly and the fire is not yet under control. Observations show that many containers on the deck have been burnt out,” Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) said in a statement.

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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