MOL has confirmed that the aft part of the ship continues to drift in an east-northeast direction, but could not confirm the status of the fore part of the ship today because of adverse weather. However, MOL said on June 19 that both pieces of the ship were drifting at about 2 knots near the central part of the Indian Ocean in an east-northeast direction.
A patrol boat, which departed from the Port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, on June 19, is expected to arrive at the ocean site on June 24.
The majority of MOL Comfort’s cargo has been confirmed to be aboard the aft part. MOL has contracted with a salvage company and will proceed to rescue the cargo and hulls.
The carrier also confirmed that there was no large volume of oil leakage from the accident.
Earlier this week, the hull of the MOL Comfort, a 7,041 20-foot-equivalent ship operated by MOL, 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.