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Court considers liability in dramatic wreck

A court considers if Mitsui OSK Lines, and not shipbuilder Mitsubishi, is responsible for the wreck of container ship MOL Comfort. A milestone in the case, says lawyer Jesper Windahl, Windahl Sandroos & Co., who anticipates several new claims. (corrected)

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The original version of the article is amended. It is not correct as stated by the law firm Windahl Sandross & Co that the court in Tokyo has ruled that Japan's largest carrier, Mitsui OSK Lines is responsible for the wreck of container ship MOL Comfort, in which the ship broke in two. The court is still considering the case.

A Tokyo court is considering who is responsible for one of the most dramatic shipwrecks in recent years with Japan's largest carrier Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL). The container ship MOL Comfort broke in half on June 17, 2013, with almost 4,500 containers onboard. The entire crew survived the wreck, which has since been subject to several technical investigations aimed at finding the cause of the ship's collapse and thus clarification in hundreds of lawsuits over compensation from shippers.

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