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Ship carrying 4,000 cars caught fire at sea

Felicity Ace, a ship carrying thousands of Volkswagen Group cars, including 1,100 Porsches and nearly 200 Bentleys, caught fire in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on February 16.

The fire broke out on the morning of February 16 from the cargo area. Previously, Felicity Ace departed from Emden, Germany on February 10 and was scheduled to arrive in Davisville, Rhode Island, USA on February 23. The incident happened when the ship was about 321 km from the island of Terceira, Portugal and was supported by the rescue force.

Fortunately, no lifeguards or 22 crew members were injured. All were flown by helicopter to nearby Faial Island. It is not clear how the 60,000-ton ship was damaged or how the fire affected the number of cars on board.

Thick white smoke rose from the Felicity Ace train carrying thousands of cars. Photo: Marinha Portuguesa

According to DriveOn board are about 4,000 cars belonging to Volkswagen group, including about 1,100 Porsche cars and 189 Bentley cars.

The problem occurred while in many places, demand for cars often outstrips supply – the cause of parts shortages due to the impact of the pandemic.

Matt Farah – a customer in the US – has been waiting for a 2022 Porsche Boxster Spyder with a retail price of about 123,000 USD since August 2021. But on February 16, Farah received a disappointing announcement. “I got a call from the dealer. My car is now adrift at sea, and possibly on fire, right in the middle of the ocean,” the man said.

In a statement the next day, a Porsche representative confirmed that Farah’s vehicle was on board the Felicity Ace, and apologized for the inconvenience caused to customers. However, the fate of 1,100 Porsches as well as the remaining cars is still unclear.

America – England (according to NYT)


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