By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Enterprise

The Felicity Ace, the cargo ship carrying automobiles and SUVs from manufacturers together with Audi, Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini, has now sunk. It had caught fireplace February sixteenth and its crew deserted the ship.

The largely burned out ship was being towed again to a secure port when it sank yesterday, in line with a report offered by the salvage crew to MOL Ship Administration of Singapore, which operates the Panama-flagged ship. A spokesperson for Volkswagen Group confirmed that the automaker is conscious of the vessel sinking.

The Felicity Ace had been carrying practically 4,000 autos from varied Volkswagen Group manufacturers. Quite a lot of the autos have been totally electrical, together with fashions from Volkswagen and Audi, one thing that might have made the fireplace harder to regulate. Fires involving lithium ion batteries are notably troublesome to extinguish.

Among the many Lamborghini automobiles on the ship have been some Aventador fashions. The V12-powered Aventador is Lamborghini’s most costly common manufacturing mannequin, priced at over $400,000. Fewer than 800 are constructed annually and that is the final yr the mannequin is being supplied. Lamborghini of America CEO Andrea Baldi not too long ago instructed the business publication Automotive Information that it could possibly be troublesome to interchange the automobiles as a result of each is very personalized and, as it’s, clients wait months for his or her automobiles. A lot of the Lamborghinis on the ship have been cheaper Urus SUVs and Huracán supercars.

Complete injury prices for all of the autos have been estimated at about $335 million. VW has mentioned the injury will probably be coated by insurance coverage.

The ship had been travelling from Emden, Germany en path to Davisville, Rhode Island when it caught fireplace within the Atlantic Ocean about 90 miles south of the Azores. The Azores are islands within the Atlantic west of mainland Portugal.

The ship didn’t launch any pollution into the water because it burned, in line with the delivery firm. The environmental impression of the ship’s whole immersion within the water isn’t but recognized.

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