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Containership MOL Comfort sinks in Indian Ocean

18 June 2013

A container vessel owned and operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has sunk about 200 nautical miles off Yemen in the Indian Ocean after its hull cracked amidship.

The crack in the vessel, 'MOL Comfort', reportedly caused water to flow into the cargo hold during inclement weather.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines said in a statement that the incident occurred at about noon JST on June 17; MOL Comfort was on its way from Singapore to Jeddah carrying 4,500 containers

"Some of the containers on the vessel were lost overboard or suffered damage during the incident," read the statement. "Details are being confirmed."

There were 26 crew members onboard the 2008-built, Bahamas-flagged MOL Comfort when the incident occurred, including 11 Russians, one Ukrainian and 14 Filipinos.

All the crew members are safe and have been rescued by a coordinated operation involving the Indian Coast Guard and they are now on their way to Colombo, Sri Lanka on the Hapag-Lloyd containership Yantian Express.

According to reports from IANS News, the ICG Mumbai diverted three vessels in the area to assist, including MV Hanjin Beijing, MV Zim India and MV Yantian Express, the last of which was the closest to the scene.