Burnt Sincerity Ace under tow back to Asia

The burnt Sincerity Ace, carrying around 4,000 cars, is on its way back to Asia, likely to a Japanese yard, nine days after a blaze killed five with the remaining 16 crew picked up having abandoned the blazing car carrier in the middle of the Pacific.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew and their loved ones during this difficult time,” the vessel’s Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha said in a statement sent to Splash.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

The Sincerity Ace disaster is the latest in a series of major car carrier accidents that have hit the sector harder than most shipping segments over the past decade.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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