A huge cargo ship believed to be carrying thousands of vehicles, including 1,100 Porsches, caught fire and washed up on the shores of the Azores on Thursday after 22 crew members were rescued from the vessel.
The fire broke out Wednesday morning in the cargo hold of the ship, known as the Felicity Ace, which sailed from Emden, Germany, on February 10 and is scheduled to arrive in Davisville, RI, on Wednesday, according to a ship tracking website. The ship was about 200 miles from Terceira Island in the Azores, a Portuguese island territory, when Portuguese forces moved on Wednesday to evacuate the crew.
No rescuers or crew members were injured in the “highly skilled and physically demanding” operation, which included a helicopter that brought crew members to the Portuguese island of Faial House nearby, according to the authorities.
Not sure how many 650 feet, 60,000 tons The ship’s inventory was lost in the fire and how the authorities will search for the ship in distress. The shipping company could not be immediately contacted.
CD driver, an automotive websiteAccording to the report, the Volkswagen Group estimates that nearly 4,000 vehicles have been brought on board, including 189 Bentleys. Emails sent to the Volkswagen Group were not immediately answered.
The fire occurred as showrooms across the country were trying to meet consumer demand amid a supply chain partly caused by the pandemic. Low interest rates, higher savings rates and government stimulus payments have boosted demand, while carmakers have struggled to cope with computer chip shortages.
Matt Farah, a car enthusiast and editor of Smoking tiresbeen waiting for his 2022 frozen berry metal Boxster Spyder, with a retail price of about $123,000 and modified to its exact specifications, as of August. “Best sports car of all time, knockdown” he wrote.
He received Disappointing news on Wednesday, he said: “I just got a call from my agent. My car is now adrift, possibly on fire, in the middle of the ocean.”
In a statement on Thursday, Mr Farah said that a Porsche representative had confirmed his vehicle was on board and apologized for the inconvenience.
“It was yesterday and I haven’t heard any updates since,” he said. “I’m glad no one was hurt in the fire and everyone is safe, that’s the most important thing. I am sure that whatever happens in the future, Porsche will do the right thing with their customers. ”
In a statement on Thursday night, a Porsche Cars North America spokesman said that 1,100 of the company’s vehicles were on board, but the fate of these vehicles is unknown. She encourages customers who are concerned about their vehicle to contact their dealer.
“Our immediate thoughts are with relief that the 22 crew members of the merchant ship Felicity Ace are safe and healthy,” the statement said.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/world/europe/felicity-ace-vessel-fire.html The ship carrying 1,100 Porsches and other luxury cars is on fire and drifting