[Update, June 18: According to information from MOL and from the Indian Coast Guard, the vessel remains afloat in two pieces.]
The hull of the MOL Comfort, a 7,041 20-foot-equivalent unit container ship operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, split in two about 200 nautical miles from Yemen during inclement weather.
The Bahamas-flag vessel was in the Indian Ocean en route from Singapore to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The damage to the 2008-built ship is “extensive,” MOL said in a written statement. The 26 crewmembers left the ship via lifeboats and were rescued by a Hapag-Lloyd container ship Yantian Express.
Some of the containers on the vessel were lost overboard or suffered damage during the incident. Details are being confirmed.
MOL, No. 15 on the JOC's Top 40 Container Carriers listings for 2012, has set up an emergency control headquarters, led by Koichi Muto, the container line’s president, to respond to the incident.