MARAD To Award Crew That Rescued 7 Seafarers From Burning Car Carrier
The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) will give a prestigious award to the crew of the vessel that saved seven seafarers and rescued nine others from a burning car carrier in the Pacific.
The crew of Green Lake who did this heroic work on 31st December will be given The Gallant Ship Citation Award.
The first to respond to the coastguard alert about the fire in the Panama-flagged car carrier Sincerity Ace that was sailing from Yokohama to Hawaii were the crew that were onboard the Central Gulf Lines-operated vessel that are the members of the US Seafarers International Union, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots and Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.
About 1,800 nautical miles northwest to Oahu, Hawaii, the master was planning to abandon the ship.
Using the rescue training, seven people were saved and nine were rescued from the burning ship by the crew of Green Lake in an 18-hour operation. However, five people could not be recovered. The search operation was joined by other three merchant ships, US Coast Guard aircraft and a US Navy Poseidon.
The citation, made to vessels for “participating in outstanding or gallant action in a marine disaster or other emergency to save life or property at sea”, has not been presented since 1994, and is given in recognition of the crews’ “unprecedented rescue efforts in response to a terrible fire aboard a foreign-flag vessel.”