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A ship carrying Porsches, Audis and Bentleys from Germany to the USA has caught fireplace close to the coast of Portugal’s Azores islands within the Atlantic ocean, a spokesperson for carmaker Volkswagen says. The Panama-flagged ship was travelling from Emden, Germany – the place Volkswagen has a manufacturing facility – to Davisville in the USA, based mostly on the Maritime Visitors web site. The 22 crew members on board had been evacuated on Wednesday, when the hearth broke out, with nobody damage, Portugal’s navy mentioned in a press release. Round 1100 Porsches and 189 Bentleys had been on board, spokespeople for the automotive manufacturers mentioned. Audi, one other Volkswagen model, confirmed a few of its autos had been additionally on board however didn’t state what number of. It was not clear whether or not the automobiles had been broken. An inside e-mail from Volkswagen USA said that the ship was carrying 3965 autos of the VW, Porsche, Audi and Lamborghini manufacturers, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported. Volkswagen didn’t affirm the full variety of automobiles on board and mentioned it was awaiting additional info. YouTuber Matt Farah, whose automotive evaluation channel “The Smoking Tire” has greater than one million followers, mentioned on Twitter he was contacted by a automotive seller who mentioned the Porsche he ordered was aboard the ship. “My automotive is now adrift, presumably on fireplace, in the course of the ocean,” Farah tweeted. An image shared by the Portuguese maritime authority on its web site on Wednesday confirmed clouds of smoke billowing from ship. The captain of Horta port on the Azorean island of Faial advised Portuguese information company Lusa on Thursday evening that the hearth was nonetheless lively however beneath management. Azorean authorities weren’t instantly accessible for remark. James Turner, a lawyer specialising in cross-border business and transport disputes, mentioned electrical faults had been a typical reason for such fires. He mentioned if electrical autos with lithium-ion batteries had been on board, specialist firefighting tools can be wanted to extinguish the flames. He mentioned automobile service vessels are often constructed like a multi-story carpark and sealed between every ground, which might restrict the harm to the cargo. Australian Related Press

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February 18 2022 – 10:09PM

A ship carrying Porsches, Audis and Bentleys from Germany to the USA has caught fireplace close to the coast of Portugal’s Azores islands within the Atlantic ocean, a spokesperson for carmaker Volkswagen says.

The Panama-flagged ship was travelling from Emden, Germany – the place Volkswagen has a manufacturing facility – to Davisville in the USA, based mostly on the Maritime Visitors web site.

The 22 crew members on board had been evacuated on Wednesday, when the hearth broke out, with nobody damage, Portugal’s navy mentioned in a press release.

Round 1100 Porsches and 189 Bentleys had been on board, spokespeople for the automotive manufacturers mentioned. Audi, one other Volkswagen model, confirmed a few of its autos had been additionally on board however didn’t state what number of. It was not clear whether or not the automobiles had been broken.

An inside e-mail from Volkswagen USA said that the ship was carrying 3965 autos of the VW, Porsche, Audi and Lamborghini manufacturers, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported.

Volkswagen didn’t affirm the full variety of automobiles on board and mentioned it was awaiting additional info.

YouTuber Matt Farah, whose automotive evaluation channel “The Smoking Tire” has greater than one million followers, mentioned on Twitter he was contacted by a automotive seller who mentioned the Porsche he ordered was aboard the ship.

“My automotive is now adrift, presumably on fireplace, in the course of the ocean,” Farah tweeted.

An image shared by the Portuguese maritime authority on its web site on Wednesday confirmed clouds of smoke billowing from ship.

The captain of Horta port on the Azorean island of Faial advised Portuguese information company Lusa on Thursday evening that the hearth was nonetheless lively however beneath management.

Azorean authorities weren’t instantly accessible for remark.

James Turner, a lawyer specialising in cross-border business and transport disputes, mentioned electrical faults had been a typical reason for such fires. He mentioned if electrical autos with lithium-ion batteries had been on board, specialist firefighting tools can be wanted to extinguish the flames.

He mentioned automobile service vessels are often constructed like a multi-story carpark and sealed between every ground, which might restrict the harm to the cargo.

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