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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Oh my: Ship carrying arms to Syrian rebels splits in two, sinks

A ship that was reportedly carrying arms for Syrian rebels has reportedly split in two and sunk (Hat Tip: Bad Blue).
MOL Comfort (ex APL Russia) sank due to yet unclear reasons, sailing from Singapore to Jeddah and after that to North Europe, leaving behind hundreds of drifting containers and a huge aftershock hitting liner sector and all of the maritime industry.
Even the scale of the consequences is hard, impossible, to estimate, not to mention consequences themselves. This is the 1st case in liner sector, when modern ocean-going liner container vessel (built in Japan!) sank in the ocean after breaking in 2 parts, like a poorly built and managed bulk carrier or over aged coaster. Nothing like this ever occurred, and no one believed it was possible, even theoretically. It just could not happen, but still, here it is.
At present stage, even the weirdest theories of the real cause of this accident can not be ignored, something like explosion or several explosions, or whatever else one may fantasize.
Putting aside some exotic versions, most likely causes that come into mind are some basic design and building faults; serious disbalance of the loaded containers weight due to false cargo weight declarations and faulty cargo plan; faulty ballasting of the container ship. Most probably, if that’s the case, the sinking was caused not by just one of the above-mentioned factors, but by their combination, and triggered by rough weather.
 More here.

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At 5:05 PM, Blogger Ashley Hills said...

Here is the today’s update including the inspection of MOL Comfort’s 6 sister ships: http://www.vesselfinder.com/news/1235-MOL-COMFORT-UPDATE-Current-position--Inspection-of-its-6-sister-ships


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