MOL Containership Aground in Japan

MOL Express file photo (c) MarineTraffic.com/
MOL Express file photo (c) MarineTraffic.com/larry_antwerp

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines reports that the MOL-operated containership, MOL Express, has run aground in eastern Japan.

The company says that the vessel was chartered from an overseas shipowner when it ran aground in shallow water in Tateyama Harbor, Chiba Prefecture of Japan at about 19:00 JST on January 11, 2015. The ship was to undergo repairs on its main engines and was maneuvering to an anchoring area within the harbor when the incident occurred, MOL said.

As of 12:00 on January 12th, the hull is in a stable condition, no crewmembers have been injured, and no oil leakage has been confirmed. MOL added that they are working with the shipowner, an affiliate of Canada-based Seaspan Corp., to refloat the vessel and restore it to its original condition.

MOL Express Info

Type of ship: Containership (4,600-TEU type)
Length/Breadth: 294 m / 32m
Crew: 25 (Indian, Filipino, etc.)
Flag: Hong Kong
Shipowner: An affiliate of Seaspan Corporation (Canada)
Built: 2003