Motor vehicle carrier Felicity Ace took on drinking water even though being towed to the Azores. Pictures courtesy of the Portuguese Navy

Following burning for practically two weeks, the deserted cargo ship holding around US$401m (£295m) really worth of supercars has sunk off the Azores Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. 

Felicity Ace‘s cargo is explained to be some 4,000 vehicles, together with Porsches, Audis, Lamborghinis and Bentleys.

The Panama-flagged ship caught hearth in the center of the Atlantic Ocean previous thirty day period, when travelling from Embden, Germany to Rhode Island, US. All 22 crew associates ended up properly evacuated on the very same working day.

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Nevertheless, lithium-ion batteries in the electric powered autos on board saved the fireplace burning. Firefighters were being only equipped to tackle the fire from the exterior by cooling down the ship’s framework as it was also perilous to go onboard. They also couldn’t use h2o, mainly because regular h2o extinguishers do not quit lithium-ion batteries from burning.

A salvage team boarded the drifting ship by helicopter and finally set the fire out, the ship’s manager MOL Ship Management states in a statement. A tow line was connected and a salvage tug started towing it to the Azores. The Felicity Ace listed to starboard and then sank whilst being towed.

The 200-metre-long automobile carrier now lies around about 400 kilometres off the Portuguese Azores Islands, and 46km outside the house the limit of the Financial Zone of Portugal.

The Portuguese Navy reports “some particles and oily waste” experienced been recorded on the site, which is being monitored by the Countrywide Maritime Authority in Portugal and the European Maritime Stability Agency (EMSA). ”The Navy carries on to check the predicament,” it suggests, incorporating that navy divers and air pollution battle machines, such as ocean obstacles, are remaining deployed. 

There are now fears that the vessel could result in appreciable air pollution in the ocean. The ship was reportedly carrying 2,000 metric tonnes of gasoline and 2,000 metric tonnes of oil.

A Portuguese air force aircraft and a Portuguese navy vessel have been deployed at the site of the wreck, to seem out for symptoms of pollution.

There has been no official comment still from European carmakers on which specific types ended up on board, and how several, but investigation by risk modelling company Russell estimates the price of goods onboard at close to US$438m, which include US$401m of vehicles.

Angus Fitton, vice-president of PR at Porsche Autos North The united states, informed the Connected Press in an electronic mail: “We are already doing work to swap each individual automobile impacted by this incident and the to start with new autos will be constructed quickly.” 

One particular Twitter person posted that his personalized-ordered Porsche Boxster Spyder was on Felicity Ace. Base models of the car or truck sell for US$100,000.

Constructed in 2005, the Felicity Ace is operated by Japanese shipping and delivery business MOL and owned by its subsidiary, Snowscape Motor vehicle Carriers S.A.

SMIT Salvage, which is portion of Dutch marine enterprise Boskalis, was the appointed salvor.

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