Posted on January 02, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted on board the Panamanian-flagged car carrier, Sincerity ACE, approximately 1800 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii, in the morning of December the 31st.
The merchant vessel was heading from Yokohama, Japan, to Honolulu, Hawaii, when the Master reported a significant fire on board the ship.
Despite firefighting efforts on behalf of the crew, the fire went out of control and the Master gave the order for the crewmen to abandon ship.
Out of the 21 crew members aboard the vessel, four were able to safely abandon the ship and get on board a life raft.
Commercial vessels in the area assisted with search & rescue operations, and managed to successfully recover 16 crewmen.
"We are thankful for the assistance the crews of these merchant vessels have given us during this event significantly reducing possible response time. Their quick actions provided for the rescue of 16 members of the crew who would otherwise still be in the water and are continuing to aid us." said Lt. Duane Zitta, of the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu.
Unfortunately however, 5 crewmen have yet to be recovered.
Reportedly, 3 seafarers were located, but they were unresponsive and unable to grab onto life-saving equipment.
The search continues for the two remaining potential survivors but adverse weather conditions in the area are making any such attempts difficult.
The Sincerity Ace is currently adrift at sea.
The owner has dispatched commercial tugs, and is in the process of formalising a salvage plan.