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The Burning Cargo Ship That Was Carrying $155 Million in Luxury Cars Has Sunk

The Burning Cargo Ship That Was Carrying $155 Million in Luxury Cars Has Sunk

The sea has finally claimed the Felicity Ace after weeks of worldwide intrigue.

The cargo ship, which caught on fire while ferrying over 4,000 Porsches, Bentleys and Lamborghinis across the Atlantic in the middle of February, sunk on Tuesday morning, according to Bloomberg News. The unexpected development extinguishes any hope of salvaging any of the vehicles.

The Felicity Ace sank about 250 miles off the coast of Portugal’s Azore Islands around 9 a.m. local time. The boat was in the process of being towed back to land when rough waters caused it to go down, Singapore-based MOL Ship Management confirmed.

The Felicity Ace on fire off the coast of the Azore Islands 

Portuguese Navy

“The weather was pretty rough out there,” Pat Adamson, a spokesperson for MOL, told the news agency. “And then she sank, which was a surprise.”
The 650-foot-long cargo ship, was on its way from Emden, Germany, to Davisville, Rhode Island, when it caught on fire on February 16. Nearby commercial ships and a helicopter were able to evacuate the boat’s entire 22-person crew without injury, but the blaze would rage for days. When the fire finally went out on February 25, a salvage team was dispatched to tow the boat back to land.
The fire onboard the Felicity Ace made international news, thanks in no small part to its headline-grabbing cargo. The boat was carrying 3,965 Volkswagen AG vehicles, including 1,110 Porsches, 189 Bentleys and at least 21 Lamborghinis (an unknown number of Audis were also said to be onboard). The cars and SUVs were likely lost once the fire started, but Tuesday’s news confirms that none will be recovered, according to The New York Times. The cost of the loss is expected to run at least $155 million, although much of that will be covered by insurance. Volkswagen told the newspaper that it is already at work replacing the lost vehicles.
Now that we know the fate of the Felicity Ace and its cargo, attention will now turn to the ecological impact of the incident. A “small patch of oily residue” was visible after the boat sank, the Portuguese Navy told Bloomberg. A clean-up crew had already started trying to disperse the oil with water cannons, and divers and more equipment were expected to be dispatched to the area to help with the cleanup.

Thousands of Porsches, Lamborghinis and Bentleys Are Stuck on a Burning Cargo Ship in the Atlantic

Thousands of Porsches, Lamborghinis and Bentleys Are Stuck on a Burning Cargo Ship in the Atlantic

This isn’t isn’t the kind of burning rubber any sport car lover wants to see.

Thousands of vehicles, including some made by Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley, are trapped onboard an abandoned and burning cargo ship that’s currently floating in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, according to news reports from around the globe.
A 656 foot-long ship named The Felicity Ace issued a distress signal on Wednesday after reporting that a fire had broken out on one of its cargo decks, according to the Associated Press. The ship, which had been en route to Rhode Island after leaving a German port earlier this month, was 200 miles off the coast of Terceira Island in the Azores when the blaze broke out.

Fortunately, the ship’s 22-member crew was evacuated and no injuries were reported, the Portuguese military said in a statement. The cause of the fire remains unknown as of press time.
Still stuck on the ship, however, is some very expensive cargo, including luxury vehicles made by some of Volkswagen Group’s most coveted brands, like Porsche and Lamborghini, according to Bloomberg. Citing an internal email from the German conglomerate, the news outlet reported that there were 3,965 vehicles onboard the ship, a number that included 1,110 Porsches.
A spokesperson for Porsche confirmed to Robb Report that several of its vehicles were among The Felicity Ace’s cargo and said it would offer support to customers and dealers affected by the blaze. It’s unclear exactly how many Porsche’s were affected, but Matt Farah, a YouTube automotive influencer and podcaster, claimed on Twitter that his custom-spec’d Porsche Boxster Spyder—which starts at $98,300—was onboard the burning ship.

The Boxster Spyder with Deman 4.5 motor and shorty gears is the best sports car of all time, hands down. I had it specced exactly as I wanted it. There is no moving on. https://t.co/egaYJV5VEC
— Matt “I Park Cars” Farah (@TheSmokingTire) February 16, 2022

Another user, Zerin Dube, pointed out that a pop-up alert on Porsche’s “Track Your Dream” site is alerting customers to  the fire: “We are aware of an incident aboard the Felicity Ace, a specialized cargo ship carrying certain Porsche vehicles,” the notice reads. “Your dealership will provide you with additional information on how this impacts you as soon as we have additional information and know the full scope of the issue.”
Meanwhile, The Drive reports that 189 Bentleys, at least 21 Lamborghinis and an unknown number of Audis were also being ferried across the Atlantic onboard the 60,000-ton ship.
When reached for comment, a representative for Volkswagen told Robb Report: “We are aware of an incident involving a third-party cargo ship transporting Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic. The vessel was on its way to North America. All crew members have been rescued and are safe. We are in contact with the shipping company to get more information about the incident.”

If this is sounding like déjà vu to Porsche lovers, it’s because this isn’t the first time that the automaker has had to deal with a blaze affecting a shipment of its prized cars. In 2019, a container ship carrying 37 new Porsches, including four rare 911 GT2 RSs, caught fire and sank while traveling from Germany to Brazil.

Inside the Star-Studded 30th Anniversary of the MBC Network in Lisbon

Inside the Star-Studded 30th Anniversary of the MBC Network in Lisbon

Raya Abirached. Photo: Instagram/@rayaofficial
Regional network Middle East Broadcasting (MBC) commenced its 30th anniversary celebrations with a star-studded event in Lisbon, Portugal. Presenters and stars from the Arab world took to the Portuguese capital to celebrate the milestone and also participated in a special episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The episode is set to air on September 18, the official date of the anniversary.
Yousra and Joelle Mardinian. Photo: Instagram/@joellemardinian
Among those in attendance were Egyptian actors Yousra, Amina Khalil, and Asser Yassin; Saudi actor Nasser Al Qasabi, Tunisian actor Dhafer L’Abidine, as well as current and former MBC presenters Raya Abirached and George Kordahi. Kordahi is known for launching the Arabic version of the famed game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 1991 and will be hosting the special anniversary episode of the same, with questions themed around the history of the network.
Mahira Abdelaziz. Photo: Instagram/@ mahiraabdelaziz
Attendees championing Arab designers on the red carpet included actor and presenter Mahira Abdelaziz in a sparkling blue Tony Ward Couture gown, and Abirached in a floor-grazing red dress by Naja Saade. Yousra arrived in a one-shoulder dress by Maram Borhan paired with a clutch by Sarah’s Bag while Lebanese makeup artist Joelle Mardinian made an appearance in a Marwan & Khaled Couture dress.
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