LISBON (Reuters) – Tough waters pressured authorities on Wednesday to postpone a salvage operation for a ship full of luxurious automobiles which have been on fireplace for per week in the course of the Atlantic Ocean, a port official stated.

With groups unable to board the Felicity Ace, heavy tug boats sprayed water to chill the vessel, which is carrying round 4,000 autos together with Porsches, Audis and Bentleys.

The 22 crew members have been evacuated final Wednesday, the day the fireplace started.

A few of the autos are electrical and their lithium-ion batteries have made the fireplace very troublesome to extinguish, port officers have stated.

João Mendes Cabeças, the captain of the closest port on the Azorean island of Faial, stated the blaze had misplaced its depth, in all probability as a result of there was little left to burn.

Salvage groups hoped to board the ship, which is is adrift round 170 km southwest of the Portuguese islands of Azores, to evaluate its situation and begin getting ready it for towing, the navy stated in an announcement on Tuesday.

It’s unclear if the vessel can be towed to the Bahamas or Europe.

Cabeças advised Reuters dangerous climate prevented the crew from boarding the ship. Waves as excessive as 2.5 meters battered the coast of Faial on Wednesday, Portugal’s climate company IPMA stated.

The salvage crew was anticipated to be flown to the ship on a helicopter belonging to the Portuguese air drive, which can determine on Thursday if the operation can proceed, Cabeças stated.

Ship supervisor Mitsui O.S.Okay. Traces Ltd (MOL) stated in an announcement on Tuesday the vessel was nonetheless on fireplace however steady, and that no oil leak had been reported thus far. It didn’t reply to a Reuters request for touch upon the reason for the fireplace.

Insurance coverage specialists stated the incident might lead to losses of $155 million.

(Reporting by Catarina Demony; Enhancing by Barbara Lewis)