FIRE aboard the detached front end of the 8,000-TEU MOL Comfort was still out of control on Tuesday despite the arrival of another fire fighting ship from India to combat the blaze.
Heavy seas were blamed by the Japanese shipping giant MOL for the lack of progress in quelling the fire which occurred while the surviving front end of the ship was under tow in the Arabian Sea after the vessel split in two on June 27, after which the rear end of the vessel sank. The crew escaped safely.
"A fire broke out from the rear end on July 6, and one tug boat and two rescue boats have been responding to the fire. On top of these three boats, the salvage company requested assistance of the Indian Coast Guard for fire fighting equipment, and their patrol boat Samudra Prahhari with her external fire fighting system, arrived at the scene on July 8, and started fire fighting with the others immediately," said the MOL statement.