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MV Mol Comfort fire rages out of control

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 - 10:44am IST | Agency: dna

The merchant vessel Mol Comfort continues to be a jinxed ship. The fire on the derelict vessel, which has been on since Sunday, is still spreading. The vessel, which is situated 390 nautical miles from Mumbai’s coast has been tugged deeper into the sea.

The Indian Coast Guard, which is trying to put the fire out, said in a statement, “The coast guard is working there in hostile weather conditions, but the fire continues to spread.”

According to statistics shared by the maritime security agency, 90% of the vessel’s containers have already been burnt. The fire started in the front portion of the vessel on July 6. The cause of concern is that most of the containers hold hazardous and noxious substances (HNS), making it extremely dangerous to tow the ship towards the coast for fire-fighting operations.

MV Mol Comfort has been drifting in the high seas since June 17.

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