No less than two Connecticut customers had been amongst these affected when a big cargo ship carrying luxurious vehicles from Germany sunk within the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday, virtually two weeks after a fireplace broke out on board.

Chip Gengras, proprietor of Gengras Volkswagen in Plainville, mentioned two autos that his clients ordered from the producer had been amongst people who sank when the cargo ship, Felicity Ace, misplaced stability and went beneath. The ship was about 250 miles off Portugal’s Azores Islands because it was being towed to land, in line with Portuguese navy officers.

“We had one for a buyer who had ordered an ID.4, which is an electrical automobile and one other for somebody who had ordered a GTI,” Gengras mentioned Wednesday.

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On Feb. 18, 2022, smoke billows from the burning Felicity Ace automobile transport ship as seen from the Portuguese Navy NPR Setubal ship southeast of the mid-Atlantic Portuguese Azores Islands. A big cargo vessel carrying vehicles from Germany to the USA has sunk within the mid-Atlantic, 13 days after a fireplace broke out on board. The ship’s supervisor and the Portuguese navy mentioned the Felicity Ace sank Tuesday, March 1 about 250 miles off Portugal’s Azores Islands because it was being towed.

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On Feb. 18, 2022, smoke billows from the burning Felicity Ace car transport ship as seen from the Portuguese Navy NPR Setubal ship southeast of the mid-Atlantic Portuguese Azores Islands. A large cargo vessel carrying cars from Germany to the United States has sunk in the mid-Atlantic, 13 days after a fire broke out on board. The ship’s manager and the Portuguese navy said the Felicity Ace sank Tuesday, March 1 about 250 miles off Portugal’s Azores Islands as it was being towed.2of3

On Feb. 18, 2022, smoke billows from the burning Felicity Ace automobile transport ship as seen from the Portuguese Navy NPR Setubal ship southeast of the mid-Atlantic Portuguese Azores Islands. A big cargo vessel carrying vehicles from Germany to the USA has sunk within the mid-Atlantic, 13 days after a fireplace broke out on board. The ship’s supervisor and the Portuguese navy mentioned the Felicity Ace sank Tuesday, March 1 about 250 miles off Portugal’s Azores Islands because it was being towed.

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The 650-foot-long vessel is able to carrying 4,000 vehicles, Nationwide Public Radio reported. It’s unclear what number of autos had been onboard the ship, however Gengras mentioned based mostly on his conversations with different new automobile sellers, as many as 10 autos that had been headed to Connecticut sellers could have gone down with the ship.

“One vendor I talked with in Denver misplaced 10 vehicles,” he mentioned.

Gengras mentioned it’s going to take two or three months for Volkswagen to construct his clients new vehicles.

“They’ll attempt to expedite the method as a lot as attainable,” he mentioned.

The shoppers can pay the identical quantity they agreed to once they ordered the automobile from the producer, though they are going to be getting a more recent mannequin 12 months. The shoppers will obtain further credit score towards facilities related to the brand new vehicles to compensate for having to attend, in line with Gengras.

The Felicity Ace sank in an space of the Atlantic that’s practically 2 miles deep. The ship was carrying Porsches, Bentleys, Lamborghinis and Volkswagens, in line with Gengras.

Volkswagen officers instructed The Wall Avenue Journal that insurance coverage has coated the lack of its autos, which may very well be not less than $155 million. The Journal reported the full estimated loss for all the cargo is near $440 million.

The Related Press reported that the Portuguese navy rescued all 22 members of the crew from the ship, which was headed to Davisville, R.I. Not one of the crew members had been damage, in line with the AP.

The Portuguese navy confirmed the sinking, saying it occurred exterior Portuguese waters. A Portuguese Air Drive helicopter evacuated the crew members when the fireplace first broke out, setting the ship adrift.

Ocean-going tugboats with firefighting gear had been hosing down the ship’s hull to chill it.

European carmakers declined to debate what number of autos and what fashions had been on board, however Porsche clients in the USA had been being contacted by their sellers, the corporate mentioned.

“We’re already working to switch each automobile affected by this incident and the primary new vehicles will likely be constructed quickly,” Angus Fitton, vp of PR at Porsche Automobiles North America Inc., instructed The Related Press in an e-mail.

The ship was transporting electrical and non-electric autos, in line with Portuguese authorities. Suspicion on what began the fireplace on Feb. 16 has fallen on lithium batteries utilized in electrical autos, although authorities say they haven’t any agency proof in regards to the trigger.

Authorities feared the ship may pollute the ocean. The ship was carrying 2,200 tons of gas and a couple of,200 tons of oil. It could actually carry greater than 18,700 tons of cargo.

The Portuguese navy mentioned in a press release that only some items of wreckage and a small patch of oil was seen the place the ship went down. The tugboats had been breaking apart the patch with hoses, it mentioned.

A Portuguese Air Drive aircraft and a Portuguese navy vessel are to stay on the scene looking out for indicators of air pollution.

The Related Press contributed to this story.

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