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Cargo Ship With Porsche, Lamborghini Cars Burning In The Atlantic

Cargo Ship Carrying Porsche, VW cars Catches Fire in Atlantic

On February 16, a Panama-flagged cargo ship called Felicity Ace caught fire in the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, carrying almost 4000 Volkswagen group automobiles. When the ship caught fire, it was carrying 3,965 Volkswagen AG automobiles, including cars from the company’s prestige brand Lamborghini, Porsche, and Audi. According to a statement from the Navy, the ship’s 22 crew members were safely evacuated and transferred to a local hotel by the Portuguese Navy and Air Force, who were dispatched to assist with the rescue mission. The ship was abandoned, unattended, and floating.

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Official Statement Of The Company

According to an internal email obtained by Bloomberg from Volkswagen’s U.S. operations, the consignment contained more than 100 vehicles destined for the Port of Houston in Texas. Several GTI, Golf R, and ID.4 vehicles were identified as potentially dangerous. Volkswagen Group has taken a hit at a time when it, like the rest of the car sector, is already experiencing production limits as a result of continuous supply chain challenges such as pandemic labour problems and semiconductor chip shortages.

According to Luke Vandezande, a Porsche spokeswoman, the business thinks that roughly 1,100 of its vehicles were onboard Felicity Ace at the time of the incident. Customers impacted by the issue, he added, are being contacted by their car dealerships. “Our immediate thoughts are of relief that the 22 crew of the merchant ship Felicity Ace are safe and well,” While Lamborghini did not say how many vehicles were on board the ship, it did say it was in contact with the shipping business to learn more about the event.

This Was Not The First Time !

The Felicity Ace was its way to Davisville, Rhode Island, when a distress call was sent out owing to a fire on one of its cargo decks. The ship’s owner is currently organising for the vessel to be towed, according to the Navy. They intend to stay on-site to keep an eye on things, and so far there have been no signs of contamination. Volkswagen has lost automobiles at sea for the second time. When the Grande America caught fire earlier this year, it sunk with almost 2,000 expensive automobiles, including Audi and Porsche.

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