In an announcement launched on Monday, delivery firm MOL confirmed the Felicity Ace was “nonetheless assumed to stay on fireplace”

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The destiny of the Felicity Ace‘s cargo is wanting slightly grim. Final week we discovered that the 200-metre-long vessel had been deserted simply off the coast of the Azores after a fireplace broke out onboard, the near-4000 vehicles onboard left to burn for days. All 22 crew members had been rescued.

Two tugboats carrying fire-fighting gear didn’t arrive till Monday as a consequence of weather-related delays, 5 days after the fireplace broke out. MOL, the ship’s operator, stated on 21 February that the Felicity Ace was “nonetheless assumed to stay on fireplace” and drifting away from the Portuguese archipelago.

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The large drawback is the variety of electrical automobiles on board. João Mendes Cabeças, port captain on the island of Faial advised Reuters: “It’ll take some time,” noting that the lithium-ion batteries aboard are “retaining the fireplace alive”. It’s solely potential to battle the fireplace from the skin, and water extinguishers aren’t a lot good for stopping these sorts of batteries from burning. Plus, the burden of the water may destabilise the ship.

Additionally on Monday, delivery claims specialist WK Webster stated that: “the fireplace has unfold all through your entire size of the vessel and it seems that the whole lot above the waterline has been burnt,” including, “automobiles stowed under the waterline will possible even be affected by burning particles from higher decks and fire-fighting water”. The ship is itemizing barely, however is described as “secure” and isn’t leaking oil.

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There are 3965 automobiles onboard, 1100 of that are Porsches. Automobiles from Audi, VW, Lamborghini and Bentley are additionally within the holds, with the whole thing weighing in at an estimated worth of $255 million (£188 million) in response to WK Webster. Russell Group in the meantime gave an estimate of $401 million for passenger vehicles and items automobiles, contributing to a complete cargo worth of $438 million.

It’s wanting just like the Felicity Ace gained’t be allowed into Faial’s port as a consequence of environmental considerations. As a substitute, it’ll must be towed a lot additional afield to both mainland Europe or the Bahamas. The ship’s authentic vacation spot was Rhode Island within the US, the place it was en-route from Emden, Germany.

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With so many vehicles onboard, it’s more likely to be a good mixture of fashions for every model. As for the Porsches, we already know a type of is a 718 Spyder belonging to Matt Farah of The Smokin’ Tire fame.

When information of the blaze first broke final week, Porsche launched an announcement acknowledging the incoming disruption to buyer orders. It stated:

“Our quick ideas are of the 22 crew of the service provider ship “Felicity Ace”, all of whom we perceive are protected and nicely on account of their rescue by the Portuguese Navy following reviews of a hearth on board.

We imagine numerous our vehicles are among the many cargo on board the ship. No additional particulars of the particular vehicles affected can be found right now – we’re in shut contact with the delivery firm and can share extra data sooner or later.

Anybody involved by the implications of this incident on a automobile they’ve ordered ought to preserve contact with the seller with which their order was positioned. As extra data turns into out there, our sellers will contact each buyer affected to debate subsequent steps.”

Replace: The Felicity Ace has since sunk as a consequence of a mixture of structural points attributable to the fireplace and tough seas. It slipped beneath the floor of the Atlantic on 1 March 220 miles off the coast of the Azores.