Wednesday 10 July 2013 is the definite end of story for containership m.v. MOL COMFORT and the cargo carried by her. If the cargo did not sink to a depth of 4,000 metres together with the stern and another 1,700 containers on Thursday 27 June 2013, it has been a sitting duck for the grazing fire since Saturday 6 July 2013.
With an overall length of 316 metres (1,037 ft) long, moulded beam of 45.6 metres (150 ft) and fully laden draught of 14.5 metres (48 ft),. She measured 86,692 in gross tonnage and 48,825 in net tonnage, and had a deadweight tonnage of 90,613 tonnes. The container capacity of the ship, measured in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), was 8,110 of which 4,616 TEU is stored on the deck and 3,494 TEU in the holds.
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.
It has been decided to take extra preventive measures as it may take some time to identify the actual cause. For the six sister vessels that are operated by MOL operational precautions have already been started to reduce the stress on the hull.
It must be said that the Japanese Industry has learnt a lot from the recent industrial setbacks. A producer of high end electronic equipment with customers throughout whole Europe and Russia had a shipment of six containers on board of the m.v. MOL COMFORT with a total financial interest of approximately 2 million euro. The logistic chain proved to be able to resist the unforeseen incident at the Indian Ocean. Upon notification of the fractured hull parties interested immediately responded. The production capacity at the factories was upgraded and the equipment at stock for another customer was now shipped per air freight to Europe, resulting in additional costs, but maintaining the high service level which this company is well known for.
Whether the cargo has been drowned with the stern of the m.v. MOL COMFORT or has been consumed by the fire on her bow, there will be an interesting story to tell!