Ship with VWs, Porsches, and other luxury cars is burning in the Atlantic

Ship with VWs, Porsches, and other luxury cars is burning in the Atlantic

Porsche 911 or not, every car for itself! 

Cargo ship on fire

Imagine you bought a vehicle and have been waiting for its arrival to your town... and then get the news, "The ship on which your car was being delivered has gone up in flames." 

For some, this is not an imaginary situation, but a reality. 

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There were 3,965 Volkswagen AG vehicles aboard the ship according to an internal email from Volkwagen's U.S operations. 

You'll be surprised to know that none of them were headed for South Africa. 

Over 100 of those cars were headed for the Port of Houston in Texas. 

The cargo ship, 'Felicity Ace', as it is called, caught fire near the Azores islands in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday afternoon.

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Luckily, the ship’s 22 crew members were successfully evacuated and taken to a local hotel by the Portuguese Navy and Air Force, who were deployed to help with the rescue effort. The ship itself was left unmanned and adrift.

Luke Vandezande, a spokesperson for Porsche, said the company estimates around 1,100 of its vehicles were among those on board at the time of the fire. He also shared that customers affected by the incident are being contacted by their automobile dealers.

Have a look here:

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A spokesperson for Lamborghini’s U.S. branch declined to comment on the number of cars the company had on board or which models were affected, but shared that they are in contact with the shipping company to get more information about the incident.

This is definitely one Titanic situation - minus the sinking; just fire this time!

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