The cargo ship that caught hearth whereas carrying hundreds of Volkswagen Group vehicles to the US has sunk round 250 miles off the coast of the Azores. 

The Felicity Ace was transporting round 4000 vehicles from the Emden port in Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island, earlier than a fireplace began within the maintain from an as-yet unknown supply. All 22 crew members had been safely rescued by the Portuguese Navy. 

Salvage work was below approach to get well the 650ft-long ship and the hearth had been extinguished; however it listed to starboard earlier than sinking, attributable to structural points attributable to the hearth and tough seas, according to its supervisor.

It is nonetheless unclear which vehicles precisely had been on board, however stories counsel that Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche and Volkswagen had vehicles on the boat.

Studies counsel that Porsche had 1100 autos on the ship, with one American economist estimating the overall price of damages at $335 million (£247m).

“We’re already working to interchange each automotive affected by this incident, and the primary new vehicles shall be constructed quickly,” Angus Fitton, vice-president of public relations at Porsche Automobiles North America, advised the Related Press. 

The Portuguese Navy mentioned final week that 4 service provider ships had been helping with the rescue close to the island of Faial within the Azores, together with certainly one of its personal patrol boats. 

Lamborghini America CEO Andrea Baldi advised Automotive Information Europe that the Urus SUV accounted for the majority of Lamborghinis on board, however there have been additionally some Aventador and Hurácan supercars.

There at the moment are fears that the ship might pollute the Atlantic Ocean, because it was carrying 2200 tonnes of gasoline and 2200 tonnes of oil, ABC has reported.

A Portuguese Navy vessel and a Portuguese Air Pressure aeroplane will stay on the scene of the sinking to look out for any ensuing air pollution.