The PCTC Sincerity Ace caught fire Dec 31, 1800 nautical miles west of Hawaii. The crew attempted to fight the fire, but has since abandoned ship. 16 were picked up safe, 3 were found deceased in the water, and 2 are missing.
A car fire is a job by itself. Put that car fire in an enclosed space, with additional vehicles in very close proximity, and the fire has the potential to become very large very quickly. A photo posted to social media shows the ship with significant damage to the side of the ship reaching from the upper part of the Blue section, right to the top of the vessel. This suggests multiple decks are involved. – the area of the fire would be where the ramps between decks are located, providing a channel for fire spread.
Controlling the fire will likely prove to be very difficult, as there will be limited direct access to the flames without boarding the vessel. the fire will probably need to burn itself out, then the salvagers can put out any hot spots.
Burning Car Carrier Sincerity Ace Abandoned in Pacific Ocean; Two Missing, Three Fatalities Confirmed https://t.co/h2OjFErAHK
(Above) Arsos backed into pier 42 just after noon. Shes running on the New ZIM Canada Florida Express service to Jamaica. Heading out from Autoport was Taurus Leader (below). Shes bound for New York.
Seamax Stamford (Above) is at Pier 41, calling on the Maersk line Med/Montreal express(MMX) service . The Bomar Rebecca (below) is hanging out at Pier 26. She was offloaded earlier this week, and went to pier 26, presumably to wait out Hurricane Florence. She sails for tropical shipping, which canceled their sailing this week.
The Wallenius Wilhelmsen Pure Car Truck Carrier Titus arrived yesterday on her Maiden call to Halifax. The Vessel is a new build Neo-Pamanamx vessel, and just entered service. She was built in Tianjin China, and left the yard in June as the first of 4 HERO Class vessels (HERO is short for for High Efficiency RO-RO) and is able to carry 7,656 cars.
The Grimaldi Groups new Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) will be christened this afternoon at a ceremony at Autoport. The Grande Halifax was delivered earlier this year, and is named after the Port of Halifax. Grimaldi Group is the Parent of ACL, who’s Container/RO-RO vessels have been calling in Halifax since the beginning of Containerized Service.
The Pure Car Truck Carrier Miraculous Ace arrived over the noon hour and took to anchor in the Basin for Asian Gypsy Moth Inspection. She is scheduled to move to Autoport Monday Morning.
The Ship is Owned by Mitsui O.S.K, the Japanese shipping company. Its Container Ships travel under the MOL Branding, for Mitsui OSK Lines. That container Business is Merging with the other 2 Japanese Container lines, K-Line and NYK to form a new venture, Ocean Network Express, which is slated to begin April 1st of this year.
All of Mitsui OSK’s car carriers end in the Ace Suffix, and feature the Blue and white Paint scheme
During a short ceremony held January 10 at the Chinese shipyards of Jinling in Nanjing (China), the Pure Car & Truck Carrier Grande Halifax was delivered to the Grimaldi Group. It is the last of a series of three sister units, ordered by the Neapolitan group to the Jinling shipyards.
The Grande Halifax has a length of 199,90 meters, a width of 32,26 meters, a gross tonnage of 63.000 and a cruising speed of 19 knots. Italian-flagged, the vessel can carry 6.700 CEU (Car Equivalent Units) or alternatively 4.000 linear meters of rolling freight and 2.500 CEU. The Grande Halifax is equipped with four hoistable decks which make her an extremely flexible vessel, able to transport any type of rolling cargo (cars, vans, trucks, tractors, buses, excavators, etc.) up to 5.2 meters high.
In addition, for the access of freight into the vessel, the Grande Halifax has a side ramp and a quarter stern ramp, the latter allowing the loading of freight with a weight up to 150 tons. The configuration of the various decks and the system for the internal ramps reduce to the minimum the risk of damage during the loading / unloading operations.
The Grande Halifax will be deployed on the Mediterranean-North America weekly service operated by the Group, joining her sister vessels Grande Baltimora and Grande New York., and should be seen in Halifax in the Coming weeks.