Container ship breaks in half, sinks, burns

Here's a gallery of photos showing an enormous container ship breaking in two at the middle, and then the stern section sinking. The bow of the ship -- the Mitsui O.S.K. Lines's MOL Comfort -- was towed away, but burst into flames and broke free of its tow, off the coast of Gujarat, India.

On June 17, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ MOL Comfort began suffering from severe hogging and broke in two while underway from Singapore to Jeddah with a load of 7,041 TEUs. The crew escaped in life rafts and picked up by another merchant vessel... On June 27, the stern section began taking on water and sank with an estimated 1,700 containers and 1,500 metric tons of fuel oil. These photos sent to gCaptain were taken over a five minute period... On July 2, the MOL Comfort’s bow section broke free from its towing wire while in “adverse” sea conditions. Crews were able to reconnected and continue towing. Four days later, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines reported that on July 6, a fire broke towards the rear of the bow section of the MOL Comfort, and fire fighting efforts commenced.

The whole set is pretty amazing -- container ships are one of my prime fascinations, and to see these huge packetized lumps of consumer good being tossed around like children's blocks is terrifying.

A Look Back: MOL Comfort Incident Photos [25 PHOTOS] (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

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  1. Sinks then burns?

  2. ...then fell over, then sank into the swamp.

  3. And so the sinister Idol of V'thth was sent across the sea to Jeddah, where the ancient order who had created it could bind and destroy its corrupting power forever. It seemed the centuries-long nightmare was finally coming to an end.

    But mid-journey, the container ship began acting strangely. It moaned and snapped, the very steel rending from the fury of otherworldly forces. Looking on in horror from lifeboats, the crew watched as tendrils of aether ripped the stern of the craft away, and dragged it down. Deep into the depths, where the sealed shipping container came to rest.

    Upon reading of the accident, I dared to hope that this was the end, that the cursed Idol was finally lost where it could never be found again. But I know it yet lives. I can feel its voice haunting me still, scratching at the inside of my mind radiating madness from the inky depths where it lives it lives it will alwayscalltomenoescapeNOESCAPEFROMTHEDEPTHS

  4. Old says:

    It's not a tanker (as much as those like to sink). It's called a container ship or box ship.

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