MOL said the fore and aft sections of the containership MOL Comfort
continue to drift in the Indian Ocean.
The ship cracked in half on Monday when caught in a storm and the crew successfully abandoned ship and were rescued.
The company said at around 4 a.m. local time, the two parts of the ship were drifting at about two knots near 12’57”N 61’10”E in an east-northeast direction.
The Japanese liner company said it has arranged for a patrol boat, which has already departed from Port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, to monitor the state of the vessel and cargo and prepare for tow operations. The boat is expected to arrive at the ocean site on Sunday. In parallel, it is arranging tugboats to tow the MOL Comfort
The company said it has started investigating the cause of the incident jointly with the vessel’s shipbuilder, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
MOL said yesterday one of its other ships passed the MOL Comfort
and found it "stably floating even under adverse weather." - Chris Dupin