Five feared dead after massive car carrier fire forces crew to abandon ship

Five crew are feared dead after an enormous fire broke out on a Japanese car carrier in the middle of the Pacific on Monday.

Three men are confirmed dead and another two are missing from the Sincerity Ace. 16 crew were picked up by four ships in the vicinity of the vessel when the blaze forced the master to abandon ship some 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Oahu, Hawaii.

Search teams continue to look for missing two men while tugs have been deployed to start the tricky salvage of the blue-hulled vessel, which is already listing.

The ship is owned by Shoei Kisen Kaisha and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines.

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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