The ship, Felicity Ace, which was touring from Emden, Germany, the place Volkswagen has a manufacturing unit, to Davisville, within the U.S. state of Rhode Island, burns greater than 100 km from the Azores islands, Portugal, February 18, 2022. Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguesa)/Handout by way of REUTERS

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LISBON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – A hearth which swept by means of a cargo ship carrying 1000’s of luxurious automobiles and adrift off the coast of Portugal’s Azores islands has misplaced its depth, in all probability as a result of there’s little left to burn, a port official mentioned.

The Felicity Ace, carrying round 4,000 autos together with Porsches, Audis and Bentleys, some electrical with lithium-ion batteries, caught fireplace in the course of the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday.

The 22 crew members on board have been evacuated the identical day. learn extra

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“The fireplace has subsided in current hours,” João Mendes Cabeças, captain of the closest port within the Azorean island of Faial, advised Lusa information company, saying there was in all probability little flamable materials left to burn.

Cabeças advised Reuters over the weekend lithium-ion batteries within the electrical autos have been “protecting the fireplace alive”, including that specialist gear was required to extinguish it. It was not clear whether or not the batteries sparked the fireplace. learn extra

He additionally mentioned the fireplace was spreading nearer to the ship’s gasoline tanks.

“Our concern has been with air pollution for the reason that ship has massive quantities of gasoline on board and automotive batteries however to this point there aren’t any hotbeds of air pollution,” Cabeças advised Lusa.

As the fireplace’s depth ebbs, firefighting groups and technicians may be capable of board the vessel to organize towing it to both Europe or the Bahamas, Cabeças mentioned.

Volkswagen, which owns the manufacturers, didn’t affirm the entire variety of automobiles on board and mentioned on Friday it was awaiting additional data.

It didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for touch upon the subsequent steps to establish the reason for the fireplace.

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Reporting by Catarina Demony in Lisbon and Victoria Waldersee in Berlin; Enhancing by Nick Macfie

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