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« Reply #45 on: June 23, 2013, 01:37:41 pm »

OK, that's just the bay.

What about the hold?

I would expect some extent of damage to the contents of entire affected hold...
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« Reply #46 on: June 24, 2013, 08:44:22 pm »

BBC reports as follows:

Tugs to reach MOL Comfort today

    Monday 24 June 2013, 13:40
    by Mike Wackett
   
The MOL Comfort was deployed on Loop 1 of the G6 alliance and was heading west when the incident occurred off the Yemeni coast.

Five other vessels share MOL Comfort design, says shipbuilder
MOL Comfort casualty highlights salvage ‘gaps’
Split MOL Comfort is drifting but stable
Split MOL Comfort continues to drift but there is no oil spill, says owner

Recovery will speed up investigation into why structure failed, says Boardley

A PATROL boat and three salvage tugboats should today reach the separated sections of the stricken boxship MOL Comfort, according to Mitsui OSK Lines.

In its eighth email update since the 8,100 teu ship split in two on the morning of June 18, MOL said that the fore and aft parts were adrift in the Indian Ocean near 015º12´N, 066º53´E and 013º38´N, 064º10´E, heading in an east-northeast direction.

The weather at the site remained adverse, MOL said.

Most of the cargo is still on board the two sections, although some containers were lost or damaged during the incident, the carrier said.

The ship was deployed on Loop 1 of the G6 alliance and was heading west when the incident occurred off the Yemeni coast.

Commenting on the break-up of MOL Comfort, Lloyd’s Register marine director and chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies Tom Boardley said: “This incident is of great concern and we want to know the cause of this structural failure.”

He said the recovery of the two sections “will help those investigating to rapidly understand the reasons behind this failure”.

Source: Lloyd´s List Asia by BBC.

@ Lappino: Pls check with this photo of the MOL COMFORT leaving Hamburg in February 2013:
http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/display/30199413

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« Reply #47 on: June 24, 2013, 09:24:26 pm »

Hi Peter

That photo looks like a 'stiched together' composite.  The apparent anomoly seen on the waterline arond row 6 is nowhere near where the vessel split.

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« Reply #48 on: June 25, 2013, 08:13:00 am »

The photo is definitely stitched together. Even the containers on deck are not straight. What a stupid thing to do.

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« Reply #49 on: June 25, 2013, 09:01:59 am »

@ Phil & Allan: Well watched. Yes, it is "stitched" - by the author of this photo. It is not my photo. But: What´s the problem? It shall show the complete portside structure of the ship, to make it easier to discuss the accident. For your info: Photo was uploaded on 10th of February 2012! Captured in Hamburg from Bubendey-Ufer.

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MOL-Update (No.9): Incident Involving the Containership MOL Comfort

... "Safety inspection on sister vessels
We have started an investigation of the causes together with the shipbuilder, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (hereafter MHI). Although the cause of this incident has not been identified yet, MOL, together with MHI and the classification society (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, ClassNK), is arranging inspection of the all six sister vessels (*) as quickly as possible. This inspection is in addition to the one carried out by the crew during navigation. MOL also started operational precautions to reduce the stress on the hull as an interim contingency plan.

(*)MOL Creation, MOL Charisma, MOL Celebration, MOL Courage, MOL Competence, MOL Commitment"

http://www.mol.co.jp/en/pr/2013/13041.html

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« Reply #50 on: June 25, 2013, 09:37:48 am »

Hi Peter,

I know it is not your photo and I am not criticising you in any way. All I am saying is that the original author is wrong to mock up a photo which could easily be misconstrued by the public at large. There are plenty of photos out there which show the full length of the ship without having to resort to crude 'stitching'.

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« Reply #51 on: June 25, 2013, 11:07:59 am »

Lloyds Loading List confirms following:-

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has decided to carry out further inspections over six sister vessels of MOL Comfort, the five-year-old containership that split in two off Yeman last week.

The ships’ class society, ClassNK, and shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will arrange inspection with MOL when the vessels call at ports on their trading routes.

Those examinations are to come after initial inspections that have been carried out by crew members during navigations. MOL has also started precautionary measures to reduce the stress on the hulls as an “interim contingency plan”, the company said in a statement.

The Japanese carrier declined to comment on details of the inspections, which it expected to cause no or limited disruption to its services.

The six sister vessels, all of which are operated by MOL, include MOL Creation, MOL Charisma, MOL Celebration, MOL Courage and  MOL Competence, five 8,110teu, vessels built with Sulzer engines during 2007-2008.

The sixth is MOL Commitment, a vessel delivered earlier this year. It has a similar design to the other five, but can carry 8,540teu.

Back in 2007, the vessels were the first in the world to use high tensile strength steel, which was supposed to enhance the reliability of hull structures against brittle fractures through reduced plate thickness, according to a MHI report.

However, the incident has raised doubts over the yard’s design and construction procedures. Before 2007, the largest boxship that MHI’s Nagasaki yard had ever built was of 6,208 teu, Clarksons data shows.

The carrier’s move comes amid calls to review the structural design of MOL Comfort and its sister vessels or even to halt the latters’ operations as precautions to preserve maritime safety.

In an open letter to Iran, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, India, Japan, Egypt, and the Bahamas, where MOL Comfort was flagged, Robin des Bois asked the authorities to temporarily suspend the sister ships from navigating in their exclusive economic zones.

“The ships regularly navigate through the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Suez Canal, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, and Baltic Sea,” the French environmentalist group said.

“Concerning aviation, if an incident arises on a recently built airplane, the entire series would be immobilized until the cause of the problem is identified and remediation measures are implemented,” said the letter, apparently referring to the Japanese airlines’ decision to ground their Dreamliner fleets after battery issues earlier this year.

As of late Monday, the fore and aft parts of MOL Comfort were drifting in the Indian Ocean near 15’25”N 67’53”E and 13’48”N 64’50”E, respectively, heading in an east-northeast direction. The weather at the site is still adverse.

One patrol boat and three tugboats have arrived at the site, while a sixth vessel is expected to join the salvage operations on Wednesday.

No oil film is seen around the two parts of the vessel. MOL confirmed the majority of 4,372 boxes it was carrying remain onboard.

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« Reply #52 on: June 25, 2013, 12:22:06 pm »

Expected news, both of additional inspections of sister/series vessels, and of Robin des Bois's a bit extreme reaction.

These additional inspections will maybe cause no more than only "limited disruptions" to the vessels' service - but before the full investigation of the salvaged parts, I think that NK can only start eliminating the possible causes, without finding the real one...
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« Reply #53 on: June 25, 2013, 04:02:38 pm »

There is a first report from the scene, published by the dutch "Nieuwsblad Transport". The tugs arrived at the two parts of the vessel, reported Marius Bakker from Cunningham Lindsey in Rotterdam. One of the tugs is "PACIFIC TERRIER": http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1527463

More:
http://www.nieuwsbladtransport.nl/Modaliteiten/Scheepvaart/ArticleScheepvaart/tabid/141/ArticleID/36526/ArticleName/MOLComfortgenspecteerdHetlijktergoeduittezien/Default.aspx

Download details of "PACIFIC TERRIER": http://www.google.de/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=9&cad=rja&ved=0CGsQFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.swire.com.sg%2FGetSpecification.aspx%3Fid%3D20&ei=L7rJUfuAF4aLswaXr4DICQ&usg=AFQjCNHCnndV4l_Ia38gthIJjpZ2WyxGNw&sig2=SYxq6LZv_QwdOQv8Ja_B_Q&bvm=bv.48293060,d.Yms

Please note: Information still not confirmed by a second party.

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« Reply #54 on: June 26, 2013, 05:24:22 am »

MOL confirms the starting of towage of the fore ships part.

"Rescue of the cargo and hulls
We have contracted with a salvage company and are proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls. The four boats arrived at the site on June 24. We have started to tow the fore part toward Arabian Gulf. We will continue to monitor the aft part and prepare for the tow operation."


No info regarding tugs, no info regarding port of destination. Understandable, as region is pirate operation region.

Quelle: http://www.mol.co.jp/en/pr/2013/13042.html

As per dutch sources tug PACIFIC TERRIER is engaged.

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« Reply #55 on: June 26, 2013, 12:55:50 pm »

NYK ORION - IMO 9312999 replaces MOL COMFORT on the Far East Loop 1 run. Eta Rotterdam 1st of July, 2013.

Source: http://www.nieuwsbladtransport.nl/Nieuws/Article/tabid/85/ArticleID/36526/ArticleName/MOLComfortgenspecteerdHetlijktergoeduittezien/Default.aspx

NYK ORION: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1784129

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« Reply #56 on: June 26, 2013, 07:28:45 pm »

Agence France Press (AFP) reports as follows:
The "Mol Competence" container ship seen docked yesterday in the port of Le Havre, western France...
Tue, 25 June 2013

The Mol Competence container ship seen docked yesterday in the port of Le Havre, western France. French ecologist NGO Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) asked yesterday to the port of Le Havre's inspectors of the maritime security to immobilize the Mol Competence ship because of possible risks. The Mol Competence is identical to the merchant vessel Mol Comfort, owned by Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines, which broke its hull into two off the Yemeni coast last June 17. — AFP

MOL COMPETENCE on shipspotting: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1824601

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« Reply #57 on: June 26, 2013, 09:22:25 pm »

Agence France Press (AFP) reports as follows:
The "Mol Competence" container ship seen docked yesterday in the port of Le Havre, western France...
Tue, 25 June 2013

The Mol Competence container ship seen docked yesterday in the port of Le Havre, western France. French ecologist NGO Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) asked yesterday to the port of Le Havre's inspectors of the maritime security to immobilize the Mol Competence ship because of possible risks. The Mol Competence is identical to the merchant vessel Mol Comfort, owned by Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines, which broke its hull into two off the Yemeni coast last June 17. — AFP

MOL COMPETENCE on shipspotting: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1824601

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Thanks for that info, Peter!
Since "MOL Competence" has just finished it's special survey at 17th May 2013, this docking seems to be directly related to ongoing structural investigations.
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« Reply #58 on: June 26, 2013, 09:32:06 pm »

New photos of the foreship:
http://www.maritimedanmark.dk/?Id=19458
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« Reply #59 on: June 27, 2013, 12:25:46 am »

Agence France Press (AFP) reports as follows:
The "Mol Competence" container ship seen docked yesterday in the port of Le Havre, western France...
Tue, 25 June 2013

The Mol Competence container ship seen docked yesterday in the port of Le Havre, western France. French ecologist NGO Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) asked yesterday to the port of Le Havre's inspectors of the maritime security to immobilize the Mol Competence ship because of possible risks. The Mol Competence is identical to the merchant vessel Mol Comfort, owned by Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines, which broke its hull into two off the Yemeni coast last June 17. — AFP

MOL COMPETENCE on shipspotting: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1824601

Regards Peter

Thanks for that info, Peter!
Since "MOL Competence" has just finished it's special survey at 17th May 2013, this docking seems to be directly related to ongoing structural investigations.
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Stefan

Stefan, I think what the news have in mind by "docked" is "berthed", and not "dry-docked".
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