As reported earlier, the accident and subsequent loss of the MOL COMFORT has prompted Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), the ship’s owner and operator, to send all of the MOL COMFORT’s sister vessels to shipyards for immediate inspection. MOL furthermore plans to reinforce the ships’ hull’s to twice the strength required by the classification society to restore full confidence in the seaworthiness of the design.
MOL’s zero-risk approach, means that the ships will be out of service for unscheduled drydocking periods and that the G6-alliance carriers have to come up with a contingency plan.
- The MOL COURAGE will phase out of her current Westbound voyage on the G6 Far East to Europe Loop 1 in Singapore. The MOL COMMITMENT will in turn phase into this loop at Singapore and load all westbound cargo from MOL COURAGE.
- The MOL CREATION’s upcoming westbound trip on the G6 Loop 1 has been canceled and the sailing slot will be left void. In order to cover this westbound departure, the 5,605 teu MOL GROWTH will carry cargo from Kobe, Naoya, Shimizu and Tokyo to Hong Kong where containers will be transhipped to G6 services to Europe.
In order to provide improved connectivity from Hong Kong, the following ad-hoc calls will be offered:
- Loop 4 – NYK HELIOS, calling at Hong Kong on 11-12 July.
- Loop 5 – OOCL CHONGQING, calling at Hong Kong on 15-16 July.
Further changes to the G6 schedules are likely as more MOL-C-class ships are taken out of service to drydock. These are yet to be advised.