Felicity Ace, a ship for transporting cars which caught fire last month during the transition to the United States, sank near the Azores.
MOL Ship Management sent out a press release today stating that the ship, which was 220 nautical miles (253 miles / 407 km) from the Azores, sank this morning around 9 am (5 am EST) after it hit the starboard side. . Rescue vehicles will remain in the area to monitor the situation.
The ship caught fire on February 16, when it was approximately 90 nautical miles (103 miles / 167 km) southwest of the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. Fortunately, the relevant authorities were immediately alerted and all 22 crew members were safely evacuated.
The ship was en route from Emden, Germany, to Davisville, Rhode Island, where its cargo Volkswagen Group vehicles had to be dropped off. The cause of the fire remains unknown, but firefighting efforts have reportedly been hampered by the presence of electrified vehicles whose batteries are known to hard to put out as soon as they caught fire.
However, by 25 February the boat was stable and had been lifted on board by the crew. The company said it was using lifeboats to tow the ship to a safer area. Although the total number of cars on board is not known publicly, other than Porsche confirmed that there were 1,100 cars on board.
Lamborghini, meanwhile, has confirmed that it has a number of Urus and some Aventadors on Felicity Ace. The latter will soon go out of production and has been completely sold out, which means that the automaker may have to return to its suppliers and build additional models to fulfill all its deliveries.
MOL Ship Management said it is monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as soon as they become available.
One last look at Felicity Ace. Looks bad for cars inside pic.twitter.com/qUBCcHLCsn
– Mike Schuler (@MikeSchuler) February 18, 2022
The ship, which caught fire aboard thousands of VW, Porsche and Lamborghini, sank
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