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A burnt-out cargo ship carrying hundreds of luxurious automobiles, together with Porsches and Bentleys, sank on Tuesday off the Portuguese Azores archipelago almost two weeks after it caught hearth, a port official mentioned.

Joao Mendes Cabecas, the captain of the closest port on the island of Faial, advised Reuters the Panama-flagged Felicity Ace had sunk as efforts to tow it started as a consequence of structural issues attributable to the fireplace and tough seas.

The Felicity Ace continues to burn.


The blaze on the ship carrying round 4,000 automobiles made by Volkswagen Group from Germany to the US, broke out on Feb. 16. The 22 crew members had been evacuated on the identical day.

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“When the towing began… water began to return in,” he mentioned. “The ship misplaced its stability and sank.”

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The blaze on the ship carrying round 4,000 automobiles made by Volkswagen Group from Germany to the US, broke out on Feb. 16. The 22 crew members had been evacuated on the identical day.

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Cabecas mentioned no oil leak had been reported thus far however there have been fears the gas tanks might be broken because the vessel lay on the backside of the Atlantic at a depth of round 3,500 metres.

Volkswagen, which mentioned final week the harm to the automobiles was coated by insurance coverage, confirmed the ship has sunk. Insurance coverage specialists mentioned the incident might end in losses of $155 million.


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