Burning cargo ship carrying almost 4,000 luxury cars sinks in ocean 4 months ago

Burning cargo ship carrying almost 4,000 luxury cars sinks in ocean

The ship was stacked high with Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Porsches and more

A cargo ship carrying nearly 4,000 luxury cars has sunk in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after the vessel caught fire, sending hundreds of millions of dollars worth of automobiles to the bottom of briny deep.


As you can see in a tweet from Marine Group Kenya, the burning cargo ship sank on Tuesday, March 1 around 46 kilometres from the Azores, an autonomous economic region of Portugal where the depth is estimated to be 3,000 metres deep.


The ship, known as the Felicity Ace, was on its way to a port in Rhode Island, America from Germany (the vehicles being primarily made by the Volkswagen Group) when a fire broke out on February 16.

While the fire was dealt with at the time and the 22 crew members evacuated, the ship had clearly lost some structural integrity - rough seas only exacerbating the problem - and began to lose stability.


Joao Mendes Cabecas, the captain of the nearest port on the island of Faial, told Sky News: "When the towing started… water started to come in" and, according to the Felicity Ace Incident Information Centre, the local salvage reported it had sunk around 9am on March 1.

Fortunately, no life was lost as the vessel went down and all members of the crew are said to be accounted for. As for the cargo, it is thought that upwards of $401m worth of high-end vehicles are now on the ocean floor along with the sunken ship.

The cargo vehicle itself has been covered by the company's insurance but cost £116m on its own.


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