On June 17, Coast Guard rescued 26 crew members of MOL Comfort which broke into two some 840 nautical miles off Mumbai.
Coast Guard officials today said the containers onboard the forward derelict were in flames, with thick black smoke emanating from it.
The derelict is presently being towed to Oman, officials said.
The ship is loaded with huge amounts of oil threatening explosion and a massive spill that will wreck the ecology of a vast area if the worst comes to pass.
According to sources, it will take months for environment to recover from the damage already caused.
Latest Development of MOL Comfort
Wednesday 10 July 2013 is the definite end of story for containership M.V. MOL COMFORT and the cargo carried by her. If the cargo did not sink to a depth of 4,000 metres together with the stern and another 1,700 containers on Thursday 27 June 2013, it has been a sitting duck for the grazing fire since Saturday 6 July 2013.