Cracks in hull area

By Peter Pospiech at November 19, 2013 06:00
Filed Under: General, Research & Development, Shipyards

First results presented about MOL COMFORT’s sea damage
Reasons for the severe sea damage of the container vessel MOL COMFORT still not finally cleared.
Together with both the Japanese classification society ClassNK and Mitsubishi Shipyard the shipping company Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) currently investigates the disaster last summer where the 8.110 TEU-container carrier damaged in heavy sea and finally broke in two while underway from Singapore to Jeddah. The crew could escape in life rafts and were picked up by another vessel. Now preliminary results have been released.

Experts conclude, based on the very serious water ingress at the center part of the hull, that a crack in the ships bottom has been occurred. In the course of investigations on board the sister ships of the MOL COMFORT deformations of up to 20 mm have been detected. But there exist still not a clear statement if these deformations have been the reason for the water ingress. Because of this the shipping company, shipyard and the classification society decided on all sister ships – MOL CELEBRATION, MOL COURAGE, MOL CREATION, MOL CHARISMA, MOL COMPETENCE and MOL COMMITMENT – to stiffen this area. On a few of them the repair works meanwhile have been finished. According to MOL the hull in this area is now stiffen twice as ClassNK originally asked for.
Already shortly after the sea damage were repeatedly misconstructions as reasons of the sea damage afloat.

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