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A Singapore-bound merchant vessel from Jeddah split into two around 840 nautical miles off the coast of Yemen, causing oil spill even as all the crew members were rescued, Indian Coast Guard officials said. ‘MOL Comfort’, a 2008 built, 316-m-long vessel was carrying 4,500 containers. “The vessel’s hull broke into two off the Yemen coast and the crew members were picked up from two life rafts and a life boat,” an Indian Coast Guard official said. The broken vessel sank shortly afterwards in the same position, with many containers scattered in the Arabian Sea, with an indeterminate quantity of oil spill. Vessel was engaged on North Europe Express 1 Service, Far East-Northern Europe. A crack in a hull developed due to presumably, sailing in rough seas, with resulting water ingress in one of the holds in midsection area. Emergency was reported at around 0700 LT. 26 crew was rescued by nearby vessels. 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 located nearby, for the rescue operation.

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MOL Comfort Five Year Old Container Ship broke in two and sank in Arabian sea

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