Major fire in ship MV MOL Comfort off Mumbai sea coast

10:10 AM, Monday, July 8th, 2013

ship mumbaiMumbai : A derelict ship MV MOL Comfort caught fire today in Arabian sea, 310 nautical miles from Mumbai coast, while it was being towed by tugs.

The ship had broken into two parts on June 17, and one of the derelict parts was being tugged by a salvage company, when it caught fire, Coast Guard sources said.

The fire was noticed by Indian Coast Guard’s Dornier aircraft at 11 am on Saturday while on routine maritime surveillance mission. It was bound for Port Sohar, Oman.

The ill-fated vessel broke into two on June 17 and all 26 crew on board were saved by Maritime rescue co-ordination c3ntre, Mumbai.

Indian Coast Guard ship Samudra Prahari on patrol has been diverted to monitor  the situation and render assistance.

The vessel was carrying harmful chemicals in containers and it broke into two parts  near Yemen coast, 840 nautical miles from Mumbai.

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