Freighter carrying Porsches, Lamborghinis and Bentleys sinks in the Atlantic

A freighter carrying thousands of vehicles across the Atlantic Ocean has sunk, according to the company that operated the vessel (via Initiated). A fire broke out on the ship, Felicity Ace, on February 16 as it traveled from Germany to the United States.

Nearly 4,000 Volkswagen Group cars were being transported to the United States, the company confirmed to Initiated. Felicity Ace carried both electric and non-electric vehicles, according to the Associated press, and reports from February said Porsches, Bentleys, Lamborghinis and other luxury cars were on board. Although it is unclear what started the fire, Captain Joao Mendes Cabecas of the port of Hortas said the lithium-ion batteries of the electric vehicles on board the ship caught fire, Reuters released in February.

Operator Felicity Ace, MOL Ship Management Singapore, said the vessel sank at 9 a.m. local time about 220 nautical miles (about 253 miles) off the Azores, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic which is an autonomous region of Portugal. All 22 crew members were evacuated from the ship and did not require medical attention, the Portuguese Navy said when the fire first broke out.

On Friday, a rescue team was able to board the vessel and “smoke leaving the vessel has currently stopped and is not visible”, MOL Ship Management Singapore said. The vessel was under tow when it sank, according to The Wall Street Journal.


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