Maritime Administration Gallant Ship AwardMaritime Administration Presents Rare Merchant Mariner Award toCaptain and Crew for Incredible Rescue Efforts
On-Demand WebcastFriday, November 1, 2019 | 1:30pm ESTAlexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House | 1 Bowling Green | New York, NY 10004
On December 31, 2018, almost 2,100 miles northwest of Oahu, HI, the crew of the U.S.-flagged motor vehicle carrierGreen Lake, responded to a Coast Guard distress signal sent out by the crew of another motor vehicle carrier, the Sincerity Ace. The crew of the Sincerity Ace had issued a distress signal with the intent to abandon ship due to a raging fire on the deck of the ship. As the Green Lake approached, the endangered ship’s crew was trapped, unable to access lifeboats, due to the billowing smoke and forced to scramble more than 100 feet down the ship’s side on rope lines into turbulent and windy seas.On Friday, November 1, the Maritime Administrator will present the captain and crew of the M/V Green Lake with the Gallant Ship Citation Award. This award, which recognizes outstanding actions in a marine disaster, was last presented 25 years ago. Only 42 ships have been presented with this award since 1944.From 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. the captain and crew of the Green Lake fought through seventeen- to twenty-foot waves and rough winds to rescue as many members of the Sincerity Ace’s crew as possible, often traveling hours between each survivor. At the end of the arduous rescue effort, the M/V Green Lake was able to bring seven of the Sincerity Ace crew aboard to safety. The actions of this crew truly epitomized the spirit of America’s merchant mariners and mariners across the globe; which is to act without hesitation to save one of their own.What: Gallant Ship Citation Award PresentationWhen: Friday, November 1 at 1:30 p.m. ESTWhere: Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House | 1 Bowling Green | New York, NY 10004Note: The Maritime Administrator and crew can be made available for interviews prior to the start of the ceremony. Please contact Courteney Bush at 202-366-5807 or Courteney.Bush@dot.gov to arrange.
About The Gallant Ship AwardMaster of the Green Lake describes heroic rescue of seven crew from the Sincerity AceKings Pointers Involved in Rescue Operation
Clay Maitland, Chairman
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