The Felicity Ace, the cargo ship carrying automobiles and SUVs from manufacturers together with Audi, Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini, has now sunk.
It had caught hearth on February 16 and its crew deserted the ship.
The largely burned out ship was being towed again to a protected port when it sank yesterday, in accordance with a report offered by the salvage group to MOL Ship Administration of Singapore, which operates the Panama-flagged ship.
A spokesperson for Volkswagen Group confirmed that the automaker was conscious of the vessel sinking.
The Felicity Ace had been carrying practically 4000 automobiles from numerous Volkswagen Group manufacturers.
Smoke billows from the burning Felicity Ace automotive transport ship. Credit score: AF/AP
A variety of the automobiles had been totally electrical, together with fashions from Volkswagen and Audi, one thing that will have made the fireplace tougher to regulate.
Fires involving lithium-ion batteries are notably tough to extinguish.
Among the many Lamborghini automobiles on the ship had been some Aventador fashions.
The V12-powered Aventador is Lamborghini’s most costly common manufacturing mannequin, priced at over $US400,000 ($A548,000).
Fewer than 800 are constructed annually and that is the final 12 months the mannequin is being provided.
Lamborghini of America CEO Andrea Baldi not too long ago informed the business publication Automotive Information that it could possibly be tough to interchange the automobiles as a result of every one is extremely customised and, as it’s, prospects wait months for his or her automobiles.
The ship’s crew had been taken by helicopter to Faial island on the archipelago. Credit score: PORTUGUESE NAVY/AP
Many of the Lamborghinis on the ship had been inexpensive Urus SUVs and Huracán supercars.
Complete injury prices for all of the automobiles have been estimated at about $US335 million ($A459 million).
VW has stated the injury might be lined by insurance coverage.
The ship had been travelling from Emden, Germany en path to Davisville, Rhode Island when it caught hearth within the Atlantic Ocean about 90 miles (145km) south of the Azores.
The Azores are islands within the Atlantic west of mainland Portugal.
The ship didn’t launch any pollution into the water because it burned, in accordance with the delivery firm.
The environmental impression of the ship’s complete immersion within the water isn’t but recognized.
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