Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., together with shipbuilder, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the classification society (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, ClassNK), will continue the thorough investigation to find the cause of the MOL Comfort incident, which occurred on June 17 on the Indian Ocean.
"We have decided to take extra
preventive measures as it may take some time to identify the cause. For
the six sister vessels that we operate, we have already started the
operational precautions to reduce the stress on the hull. These vessels
sufficiently fill the safety standard required by ClassNK in compliance
to IACS, but we will conduct upgrade works to further strengthen the
hull structure at the earliest timing. This will enhance the strength of the hull twice as much as the safety standard mentioned above", said in the company's press release..
The vessels will phase-out from the service for the upgrade works and the sailing schedule will be revised accordingly.