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Fire on board MOL Comfort after ship broke in two

According to the U.S. Navy's Maritime Liaison Office MARLO in Bahrain, the "MOL Comfort" was on fire on June 17.

Fire on board MOL Comfort after ship broke in two

According to the U.S. Navy's Maritime Liaison Office MARLO in Bahrain, the "MOL Comfort" was on fire on June 17.

 Fire on board MOL Comfort after ship broke in two
19 June 2013 - 01:39

Fire on board after ship broke in two

According to the U.S. Navy's Maritime Liaison Office MARLO in Bahrain, the "MOL Comfort" was on fire on June 17.

Photos showed both ship halves still floating in the sea.

At about noon JST on June 18, (07:00 local time), the fore part of the hull was drifting around 13'00"N 60'40"E, and the aft part was about 19 miles southwest from that position.

Both parts of the ship were drifting in an east-northeast direction. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines were also arranging tugs to tow both parts.

The weather in the area was poor when the accident occurred, and the crew had to cling to the lifeboat and rafts in six meter high waves.

There was no new information that might shed light on why the hull suddenly began to crack.

The 8110-TEU-container ship was close to being fully loaded with 7,041 TEU, spread over 4,500 containers, on board.

The loss of the cargo can become very costly for Japan Ship Owner's P & I Association which has insured ship and cargo.

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