A big cargo ship that was carrying luxurious automobiles from Germany to the U.S. sank Tuesday within the mid-Atlantic — practically two weeks after a fireplace broke out on board, in response to Portuguese navy officers.

Officers confirmed that the ship, Felicity Ace, misplaced stability and sank about 250 miles off Portugal’s Azores islands because it was being towed to land. The ship sank in a location outdoors Portugal’s financial zone in an space that is practically 2 miles deep.

Navio mercante “Felicity Ace” afunda fora da Zona Económica e Exclusiva Portuguesa

Hoje, durante o reboque, que se tinha iniciado no dia 24 de fevereiro, o navio “Felicity Ace” perdeu estabilidade tendo vindo a afundar-se.

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In its assertion, the Portuguese navy stated that just a few items of particles and a small quantity of oil have been seen the place the ship sank and that tugboats have been breaking apart the patch of oil with hoses.

One of many vessels that had been monitoring the Felicity Ace was en path to Ponta Delgada within the Azores to choose up air pollution containment gear, Portuguese navy officers stated.

The 650-foot-long vessel is able to carrying 4,000 automobiles. It’s unclear what number of automobiles have been on board the ship.

European auto producers declined to remark relating to precisely what number of automobiles and what fashions have been on board the ship, The Related Press reported. Nevertheless, Porsche clients within the U.S. have been being contacted individually by their dealership.

“We’re already working to interchange each automobile affected by this incident and the primary new automobiles can be constructed quickly,” Angus Fitton, vice chairman of public relations at Porsche Automobiles North America Inc., advised the AP.

The Portuguese navy rescued all 22 members of the crew from the ship, which was scheduled to reach in Davisville, R.I., on Feb. 16. The crew was taken by helicopter to Faial island within the Azores, the AP reported. Not one of the crew members was damage.

Volkswagen confirmed to The Wall Road Journal that insurance coverage has lined the lack of its automobiles, which may very well be a minimum of $155 million, insurance coverage consultants advised the Journal. The full estimated loss for all of the cargo, which included Porsches, Bentleys, Lamborghinis and Volkswagens, is near $440 million, the Journal reported.

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