Seafarers from the burning car carrier Sincerity Ace were rescued in “horrific” conditions according the Master of the Green Lake one of four vessels that came their aid after an alert from the US Coast Guard.

The year has not started off well or the shipping industry and the cause of marine safety. The fatal fire aboard the vehicle carrier Sincerity Ace cost the lives of five seafarers and will have destroyed 3,600 cars and most probably the vessel herself.

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) through the General Directorate of Merchant Marine's Department of Maritime Accident Investigation has assigned an investigator to carry out asafety investigation into the fire suffered by the Panama-flagged car carrier Sincerity Ace.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has released pictures and video of the rescue operations undertaken for the car carrier Sincerity Ace which suffered a serious fire in the Pacific on 31 December 2018.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has suspended the search for the remaining missing crew member from the stricken car carrier Sincerity Ace, while the bodies of four others have been located but are unresponsive.

The search continue for two seafarers missing following a serious fire on board the car carrier Sincerity Ace while three others are feared dead.

Japanese shipowner NYK has released a concept design for a zero emission car carrier.

The criminalisation of two mariners in the case of collision involving the City of Rotterdam and the Primula Seaways is now reliably seen to have occurred after pleas of  guilt which were put into Court “for personal reasons”. 

If you have watched pilots operate over any extended period of time, it is difficult not to be impressed by the way they can make a speedy mental adjustment to fit the size and special characteristics of all the ships they may meet in a large port.

Classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced that it has taken part in the Quadriga sustainable shipping project which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship with wind-assisted propulsion.

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