MOL Charisma to return to Singapore

Containership MOL Charisma (IMO 9321249), which experienced fire in one of its cargo holds while sailing off Sri Lanka last week, is returning to Singapore to undergo an inspection.

German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd said in an update that “we have been informed that the vessel MOL Charisma (voyage 211W), deployed in our Pacific South 3 (PS3) service, will proceed to Singapore as the ship owner was unable to arrange a Salvor Surveyor and Fire Experts in either Colombo, Sri Lanka, or at Indian ports. Henceforth the vessel needs to turn back to Singapore, where experts are available.” The vessel was scheduled to arrive at Singapore during the evening of Sunday September 13th local time.

Cargo hold no 5 has been cleared of fire but the company is unable to berth the ship and commence cargo operations at any ports.

“We are currently working on alternative arrangements to accommodate cargo originally intended for the voyage of the MOL Charisma,” Hapag-Lloyd said.

The 8,110 teu vessel was en route from Port Kelang, Malaysia to Nhava Sheva, India when it caught fire.

2007-built, Bahamas-flagged, 86,692 gt MOL Charisma is owned by Camilla SNC care of manager Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is MOL Ship Management Singapore Of Singapore.