Search efforts have
continued for two missing crew members of the Panama-flagged car
carrier Sincerity Ace following a significant vessel fire in the
middle of the Pacific.
Coast Guard, Navy and good Samaritans aboard merchant vessels continue the
search for the crew members after the fire which occurred on New Year’s Eve
while the vessel was some 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Oahu, Hawaii.
master of the Sincerity Ace, owned by Japan-based shipping major Mitsui
O.S.K. Lines, reported a significant vessel fire, ongoing firefighting efforts,
and an intent to abandon ship.
Samaritans aboard four merchant vessels rescued 16 of the 21 crew on Monday
morning. Three of the five missing mariners were reportedly located but
remain in the water “as they are unresponsive and unable
to grab onto life saving equipment to be brought aboard,” USCG
efforts are focused on the two remaining potential survivors in a search area
of 5,832 square nautical miles.
conditions on scene were reported as 15 to 18-foot seas and winds at 17 mph
with reduced white caps improving visibility.
Ace, which was on a voyage from Japan to Hawaii, is currently adrift on
the high seas. A salvage plan is being formalized and commercial tugs have been
dispatched by the company.