Skip to comments.Container Ship Carrying U.S. Arms to FSA Rebels in Syria “Splits an’ Sinks”
Posted on 06/23/2013 3:22:46 PM PDT by Lazamataz
A large fleet container ship named the Mol Comfort was carrying weapons from the U.S. to the FSA Rebels in Syria when it suddenly split in half in the Indian Ocean and sank, as it was making its way from Singapore to Jeddah. On board were 4,500 containers loaded with U.S. arms for the Syrian rebels.
The cause for this sudden accident is still being reported publicly as unknown.
As more news becomes available from Syria, it will be reported here.
This may well cause a rift between al Qaeda and their White House enabler.
Yup, All choked up over this really...
Well how about that.
...and I thought my boating accident with my firearms on board was bad...
A Japanese (mainstream) shipper, Mitsui OSK Lines. Hopefully all hands are accounted for.
Spark in the fuel tank! /s
Not only that, but all my guns were on that ship....darned shame.
percussion from below? (like cracking an egg)
It was a Russian and Filipino crew.
And all my guns were on that ship as well....darn shame.
Foreign flag vessel. Rather doubt 4,500 containers of arms and such. Judging by where the fractures occurred in the vessel, I suspect improper loading of containers on vessel. Actually most large vessels have some sort of fracturing in the mid-ship half length. Comes from flexing while vessel is hogging and sagging.
Salvage opportunity for sneaky bastards who can’t find ammunition because HSA cornered the market.
No big deal. A replacement shipment is probably being loaded as we speak.
MOL is SOL
Likely extremely high waves that had a wavelength that exactly matched the length of the ship - the bow and stern got propped up by waves, with the center of the vessel out of the water, and it cracked.
So people do realize that there is precisely NO actual evidence there are any arms for Syria on this vessel?
Likely someone just saw the news of the incident and dramatic pictures and simply embellished the story.
she’s still afloat, albeit in two sections
More of your Tax Dollars Pissed away.
But the actual news story is somewhat different than the complete changes and falsehoods presented in the story for this thread.
Merchant vessel 'Mol Comfort' splits into two off Mumbai coast, crew rescued
A Singapore-bound merchant vessel from Jeddah split into two around 840 nautical miles off the coast here today causing oil spill even as all the crew members were rescued, Coast Guard officials said.
'Mol Comfort', the 316-m-long vessel was carrying 4,500 containers from Saudi Arabia, they said.
"The vessel hull broke into two off the Mumbai coast and the crew members were rescued from the ship in two life rafts and a life boat," a Coast Guard official said.
The cause behind the incident was yet to be ascertained. It was also not known what the ship was transporting.
The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue operation and all the 26 members of the crew--- 12 Russians and 14 Filipinos-- were rescued.
The officials said that the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, Mumbai diverted three ships - MV Hanjin Bejing, MV Zim India and MV Yantian Express, which were travelling nearby, for the rescue operation.
The rescued crew members are being sent to Colombo, they said.
The ship was traveling to Singapore from Jeddah. Not to Syria to arm the rebels.
Also, it did not sink. The two pieces are adrift and they are planning to take them in tow.
This is according to Lloyds listings:
Lloyds Loading List lunchtime report...
A Mitsui OSK Lines boxship reported sunk yesterday is apparently still afloat, having broken in two on high seas some 200 miles from Yemen, according to an Indian Coast Guard official.
Many of the 4,372 boxes on board MOL Comfort remain on the split vessel, although some have fallen in the sea, according to Mumbai operations unit commandant Rama Rao.
Rao said MOL-owned car carrier Sanderling Ace was at the site monitoring the situation but that the seas were still too high, with swells of 5 m-6 m, to determine the extent of any fuel oil spill.
MOL has now confirmed that the ships fore and aft sections have separated. The fore part of the hull is drifting at around 013º00´N, 60º40´E, and the aft part is some 19 miles southwest of it.
Both parts of the ship are laden with containers and drifting in an east-northeast direction. We are also arranging tugboats to tow both parts, MOL said in a statement.
It said it was seeking to confirm details of containers lost overboard or damaged during the incident.
The 2008-built, 8,110 teu MOL Comfort, owned and operated by MOL on Loop 1 of the G6 alliances Asia-north Europe service, was sailing from Singapore to Jeddah at about 0700 hrs local time when the casualty occurred at 012° 33´N, 59° 46´E.
Water pouring into the hold forced the 26 crew to take to the lifeboats. All were rescued by the 2002-built, 7,506 teu containership Yantian Express, owned by Hapag Lloyd and bound for Colombo.
Rao said that having been alerted by Singapore-based MOLs operations division yesterday, the coastguard diverted ships to the site of the casualty, more than 800 miles west of Mumbai.
He said it was fortunate for the crew that the casualty happened near a busy shipping lane, allowing them to be rescued quickly.
According to Lloyds List Intelligence, the Bahamas-flagged, 86,692 gt containership was built in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki.
The vessels P&I insurance is covered by Japan Shipowners Mutual Protection and it is classed by Japan-based ClassNK.
Responding to questions from sister publication Lloyds List, the classification society issued a brief statement, saying it had set up an investigation team in Tokyo and is working on the incident. The details are yet to be known to us.