Portugal.- A cargo ship that carried almost 4 thousand cars inside caught fire over the Atlantic Ocean, among its cargo were luxury cars from the Porsche, Audi and Lamborghini brands of the Volkswagen Group, as well as 189 Bentleys.
It was the ship identified as Felicity Ace with a length of 200 meters that suffered the incident, it had departed on February 10 from Emden, Germany, and was scheduled to arrive in Davisville, Rhode Island in the United States; However, her journey ended with a fire near the Azores Islands, belonging to Portugal.
The ship’s crew mentioned that the fire started last Wednesday, February 16, after an explosion in the cargo hold and that it did not take long to spread throughout the ship, so the 32 people who worked abandoned the shipping company to later be safeguarded by the Portuguese Navy together with the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center of Ponta Delgada.
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They were transported on the ship 3 thousand 965 vehicles of the Volkswagen Group according to an internal email of brand operations, among which were 1 thousand 100 cars type porschealthough there are also models of Audi and Lamborghinias well as 189 Bentley vehicles.
After it was detected which cars were among the ship’s cargo, Porsche reported that it was already contacting customers who were waiting for those units, in order to find solutions.
“While it is too early to confirm what has happened and the next steps, we are, together with our colleagues at Porsche AG, supporting our customers and dealers to the best of our ability to find solutions,” said Angus Fitton, Vice President of Public Relations at Porsche AG. Porsche Cars North America.
Given this, Matt Farah, editor of The Smoking Tire, expressed that he was waiting for a metallic Porsche Boxster Spyder from 2022, “they had no more information for me, beyond confirming that my car was on the boat; and they said that as soon as Porsche Cars North America had a plan of any kind on how to proceed, they would share the plans with me.”
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Despite the fact that the fire happened last Wednesday, arrangements have already been made for the cargo ship to be towed ashore although the flames continue to burn, according to the Portuguese Navy, although it is not classified as a notable source of contamination.
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