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MOL car carrier ablaze mid-Pacific, search goes on for missing man

THE search continued this week for a survivor from the MOL 5,221-unit capacity car carrier Sincerity Ace ablaze in the Pacific Ocean, 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Honolulu, reported American Shipper

MOL car carrier ablaze mid-Pacific, search goes on for missing man

THE search continued this week for a survivor from the MOL 5,221-unit capacity car carrier Sincerity Ace ablaze in the Pacific Ocean, 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Honolulu, reported American Shipper

04 January 2019 - 19:00

THE search continued this week for a survivor from the MOL 5,221-unit capacity car carrier Sincerity Ace ablaze in the Pacific Ocean, 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Honolulu, reported American Shipper.

Sixteen crew are rescued, but four are 'unresponsive' and presumed dead.



The crew abandoned ship and the US Coast Guard (USCG) said 'Good Samaritans aboard four merchant vessels took of 16 of the 21 crew.



'Three of the five missing mariners reportedly were located but remain in the water as they are unresponsive and unable to grab onto life-saving equipment to be brought aboard.'



A USCG spokesman said that a fourth missing person had since been found and also was 'unresponsive'.



The ship was en route from Yokohama to Honolulu, scheduled to call Mazatlan, San Juan, Port Canaveral, Jacksonville, Newport News, Baltimore, Newark, Baltimore, Charleston and Brunswick before returning to the Far East via Namibia and South Africa.



The commercial vessels involved are part of the AMVER, or Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System, a worldwide voluntary reporting system sponsored by the United States Coast Guard. It is a computer-based global ship reporting system used worldwide by search-and-rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.


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