When its hull broke into two on June 18, the MV Mol Comfort sank off the coast of Mumbai. The ship that foundered in the Arabian Sea was on its way from New Zealand to Sweden carrying wine from the Saint Clair Family Estate in Marlborough.
The vinous treasure that is believed to have been consigned to the sea bed was largely Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The wine was sold FOB or “Free on Board” meaning that once it was loaded on the ship, it was the responsibility of the buyer. So while Saint Clair does not suffer any financial losses because of this, they will have to resend two containers of wine soon or their wine will be unavailable in the Swedish market.
The 26 member crew jumped ship and were picked up by the Indian Coast Guard and another passing ship.