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MV Mol Comfort sinking

Postby Travailes » Thu, 11 Jul 2013 6:40 pm

Anybody following this story ?

http://gcaptain.com/mol-box-ship-suffer ... -off-yeme/

http://www.vesselfinder.com/news/1277-M ... re-onboard

She left Singapore in June fully loaded and broke her back off Yemen. Stern sank after a few days and the bow has now gone after a serious fire despite salvage attempts. Sobering thought if you are shipping your worldly possessions home. Hope nobody on here has suffered. Guess it's why insurance is pretty important !
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Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:23 pm

That's going to have every shipping company on edge. A ship barely five years old, and a mega container ship at that... 8000 containers (TEU's). Thanks for posting.

Edit: It's "only" 4500 containers.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:10 pm

The worst part about it is that there or 6 or 7 more of them built by the same yard and owned by MOL.

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Postby ecureilx » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 9:16 am

I was following it for a while ..

So far, conclusion: improper loading.

GCaptain site has updated information .. well, once the fore sank, I don't know what else is there to update ..

Good job on the Indian Coast Guard though, for tailing the ship all the way until it went down ..

They got some wonderful gear I guess ..

From GCaptain ..

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PS: there is rampant rumors that the ship was freighting weapons for Syria Rebels, or Syrian Govt - depending upon whose version you see, and for former, it was sunk by Russian Sub, and for latter, God's Grace sunk it .. etc. etc. :)

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Postby Travailes » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:49 pm

ecureilx wrote:


PS: there is rampant rumors that the ship was freighting weapons for Syria Rebels, or Syrian Govt - depending upon whose version you see, and for former, it was sunk by Russian Sub, and for latter, God's Grace sunk it .. etc. etc. :)


Nice idea but unlikely as that would have meant the weapons were loaded here and would be very difficult for the PAP boys to explain. The damage also looks like fatigue caused by the prevailing sea conditions rather than torpedoes !
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Postby ecureilx » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 2:29 pm

Travailes wrote:
ecureilx wrote:
PS: there is rampant rumors that the ship was freighting weapons for Syria Rebels, or Syrian Govt - depending upon whose version you see, and for former, it was sunk by Russian Sub, and for latter, God's Grace sunk it .. etc. etc. :)


Nice idea but unlikely as that would have meant the weapons were loaded here and would be very difficult for the PAP boys to explain. The damage also looks like fatigue caused by the prevailing sea conditions rather than torpedoes !


Then again, another source pointed out that the German's perfected a way of delivering a sly shot to just break the back of the ship ;)

Well, I am not a mariner, but have read enough and been on cargo ships and stood around, to agree to Improper loading....

BTW, sad to see sailors reaching dry land, with just about only this much .. tough life as sailors ..

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 2:46 pm

gCaptain.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 2:49 pm

Tough life but well paid. I know many. Spent a lot of time offshore. Also have local uncle here who did 20 in the merchant marines has fully paid up 7 bedroom jumbo in Marsiling, put five children through university, etc. and his wife never worked.

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Postby ecureilx » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 2:54 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:gCaptain.


ok Captain :D

PS: I never figured out what the G stood for, or the 'g' stood for ..

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 3:30 pm

Actually life is pretty good in the merchant marines. Especially since the advent of good communications, etc. Not like when I worked offshore from the mid-70's through the mid-90's. And the only reason men go to sea IS because the money is good.

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Postby ecureilx » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 3:44 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Actually life is pretty good in the merchant marines. Especially since the advent of good communications, etc. Not like when I worked offshore from the mid-70's through the mid-90's. And the only reason men go to sea IS because the money is good.


But, still ships go down in minutes, and leave no time for you to gather your stuff ..

Life on the fast lane, eh ?


And you still have your "DITCH BAG" ?? :D :D

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Postby Hannieroo » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 3:59 pm

Poor buggers. I wonder if it's any different for sailors now? I know offshore have Internet and all sorts now. No once a fortnight sat phone home.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 4:27 pm

My daughter likes it. At least up till the time she got promoted last year. Now she's stuck on the beach in Angola for her hitch. Previous to that she was the rig admin on the big Maersk Drilling Double derrick semisubs the Deliverer & Discovery - she worked on both in KepFels when they were being built as a document controller (local service contractor) and after the 2nd one finished they ask her to ride the vessel out for seatrials and Maersk offered her a position with Maersk. She called me from offshore Thailand and asked me what to do. She's been with Maersk since 2009 now. ;-) In fact she just went back to Angola on Tuesday.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 4:28 pm

Hannieroo wrote:Poor buggers. I wonder if it's any different for sailors now? I know offshore have Internet and all sorts now. No once a fortnight sat phone home.


How I remember that, except I worked for a Service Company so we got it once a month only! :-( Internet? What was that? :lol:

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Postby Hannieroo » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 4:38 pm

Do you remember reading all your books in the first week and giving letters to chaps going home? I used to get so excited by a letter that I couldn't bear to open it for an hour. It has to be easier now.


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