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Blazing Container Ship Breaks Up During Indian Ocean Storm

A container ship broke into two parts in the Indian Ocean and was sinking after a storm caused it hull to crack and set one of the sections ablaze.

The MOL Comfort was sailing to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from Singapore when it cracked during “inclement weather” at about 7 a.m. local time yesterday, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., the Tokyo-based operator of the carrier, said on its website. The front and back sections of the vessel have drifted about 19 miles apart and the shipper is sending tugboats to both.