A cargo ship carrying 4,000 cars, including 1,100 Porsche, caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean off the Azores coast of Portugal while en route from Germany to the United States.
Reported by New York TimesThe Felicity Ace, carrying Volkswagen Group vehicles, was due to take off from Emden, Germany on February 10 and land in Davisville next Wednesday. However, a fire, hitherto unknown, started and stopped the engine.
Marina de Portugal carried Barco Shipper, Felicity Ace, car Porsche and Volkswagen, Kyoto a la Deriva, Lugo, forced to evacuate 22 triplets due to fire. pic.twitter.com/U6LFgZm5AE
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So fortunately 22 crew members were evacuated by the Portuguese navy without any problems. Business InsiderOn the other hand, material damage amounts to tens of thousands of euros, not to mention environmental damage.
The automaker, which markets a wide range of vehicles such as Audis, Lamborghinis or Bentleys and Ducati motorcycles, said the fate of the vehicles was “unknown” except for the 1,100 Porsches affected. In addition, according to Volkswagen, it is still too late to determine whether some cars can be recalled.