CAR customers have lamented their fortunes after a ghost ship carrying 1,300 supercars caught fire in the mid-Atlantic.
The vehicles, believed to be worth a total of £120m, were among the ship’s expensive cargoes as 22 crew members were safely evacuated from the burning barge yesterday.
Lifeboats are said to have arrived at the scene Wednesday morning when the ship caught fire near the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands.
Authorities confirmed that no crew members were injured during the operation to bring the personnel over to the nearby Portuguese island of Faial.
A patrol boat and four merchant ships assisted in the rescue, along with aircraft provided by the Portuguese Air Force.
Concerning the cargo, officials confirmed that it was unclear how much of the ship’s expensive inventory was lost when the investigation into the cause of the fire began.
The giant 650-foot vessel set sail for the first time last Thursday from Emden, Germany, and arrived at the port of Davisville in the US state of Rhode Island.
The train that regularly carries expensive cars such as Volkswagen, Lamborghini, Audi and Porsche is expected to arrive in the US on February 23.
Porche customers have previously been told they can track their purchases through an online portal called Track Your Dreams, which runs live updates.
The website later confirmed that it was “aware of an incident on a Felicity Ace carrying several Porsche vehicles”.
Matt Farah, a popular YouTuber and editor of The Smoking Tire, was one of the unlucky customers with a new purchase on board The Felicity Ace.
“I ordered a Boxster Spyder in August, and I can’t wait to get it later this month, and now it looks like it could become an artificial reef,” he said.
“I’m only saying this because I know no one was hurt, which is obviously more important.”
On Thursday, a Porsche spokesman confirmed that 1,100 company cars had been brought on board, but the fate of these vehicles was unknown.
“Our immediate thoughts are of the 22 crew members of the merchant ship Felicity Ace, all of whom we understand are safe and as a result of their rescue by the Portuguese Navy after being rescued by the Portuguese Navy. Report of a fire on board.
“We believe some of our cars are among the cargo on board. No further details on the specific vehicles affected at this time – we are in close contact with the company.” shipping company and will share more information in due course.”
A Volkswagen spokesman added: “We are aware of an incident today involving a freighter transporting Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic Ocean. At this time, we do not know. about any injuries.
“We are working with local authorities and shipping lines to investigate the cause of the incident.”
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