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Freighter carrying Porsche and VW vehicles bound for the United States catches fire in the Atlantic

  • It is still too early to know for sure how many vehicles were on board, but the car transporter made a distress call on February 16 and had to be towed to the Azores. All crew on board have reportedly been rescued and the data website FleetMon updates the vessel’s status.
  • According to people who claim to have ordered some of the Porsches on board, the automaker is aware of the situation and is telling people to wait for more information once Porsche “knows.”[s] the full extent of the problem.
  • It’s also a bit of a throwback to 2019, when another ship caught fire with Porsches on board. That ship sank and Porsche even restarted production of the small number of limited edition Porsche 911 GT2 RS cars that had been lost.

    the never given. the Ray of gold. From time to time, the name of a sea freighter becomes prominent in the automotive world. The last entry is the Felicity As, a car carrier that transported an unknown number of Volkswagen Group vehicles, including Porsche models, from Germany to Rhode Island. This was the ship’s mission until yesterday when a fire broke out on board. The flames were strong enough that the captain had to abandon ship, and the fate of the vehicles on board is not yet known. Details are coming in – we don’t yet know the cause of the fire, for example – and more information will need to be confirmed by VW and other authorities to determine the cause and eventual outcome of this incident. Here’s what we know so far.

    First, the good news. The roll-on-roll-off (RORO) car carrier was about 90 nautical miles southwest of the Azores Islands when it issued its first distress signal on the morning of February 16. According to FleetMon, which tracks ocean-going vessels, all 22 crew members were safely evacuated from the vessel by helicopter and lifeboat. the Felicity As was towed to the Azores, and Portuguese Navy ships and other nearby vessels assisted in the rescue.

    “We are aware of an incident today involving a freighter transporting Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic,” VW said.Car and driver in a report. “The vessel had a cargo capacity of nearly 4,000 vehicles and was en route to North America. At this time, we are not aware of any injuries. We are working with local authorities and the shipping company to investigate the cause of the incident. ”

    Despite the 650 feet long Felicity Ace’It’s 4000 vehicle capacity, we don’t know yet if it was full of cars or a mix of cars and other cargo. A statement posted on Porsche’s Track Your Dream app, which allows people who have purchased a new Porsche to track their vehicle’s journey from production plant to local dealership and then on Twitter by Zerin Dube, “casual writer about automotive/motorsport,” makes it clear that some Porsche buyers will have to wait longer than expected for their new cars.

    “We are aware of an incident aboard the Felicity Asa specialized freighter carrying certain Porsche vehicles,” the statement read. Your dealer will provide you with additional information on how this affects you as soon as we have additional information and know the full extent of the problem. ”

    Another motoring journalist, Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire, said his dealership let him know the Boxster Spyder he ordered was on board and now everyone had to wait to see how Porsche would handle the situation. The reader quoted Farah in an earlier report on the incident.

    History suggests that Porsche will make sure its customers get the cars they ordered, as this is not the first time that Porsche has had to deal with some of its vehicles not surviving their transoceanic journey. In 2019, the ship Great America caught fire and sank with four limited Porsche 911 GT2 RS cars on board, along with 33 other Porsches and about 2,000 new Audis that were en route from Germany to South America. Porsche had already finished making more of these limited-edition 911s, but it restarted production for all four GT2 RS buyers to keep its commitment to customers willing to spend $300,000 on a car.

    This is a developing story; we will update when we have more information.

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