MITSUI OSK Lines (MOL) has reported that a salvage company has commenced efforts to retrieve the cargo and the cracked hull of the 8,000-TEU MOL Comfort that split apart in the Indian Ocean when its hull broke in two in heavy seas.
The company said in its latest written release that the after section of the hull continued to drift in an east-northeast direction. However, the status of the forward section has yet to be confirmed due to limited visibility in poor weather conditions.
It said some of the containers might be lost or damaged during the incident, however, most of the cargo is confirmed to be aboard the after section of the ship.
A patrol boat departed from the Port of Jebel Ali, UAE on June 19, is expected to arrive on site on June 24.
The Japanese transportation group confirmed that no large volume of oil has been leaked as a result of the sinking of the Bahamas-flagged vessel. All 26 crew members on board were safely rescued by a Hapag Lloyd containership in the area.