A thick plume of smoke stretches for miles across the North Atlantic. The cargo ship “Felicity Ice” caught fire. Almost 4,000 luxury cars have already been lost on the cargo ship. But the ship is now in danger of sinking several thousand meters to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. An expert told “WirtschaftsWoche” that such a large fire causes severe damage to the hull of the ship.
Burning cargo ship: Here the crew members are evacuated(00:50)
A shipment of 4,000 luxury cars has already been written off. “Sending people in a burning car to put out a fire is very dangerous,” the expert added. New cars from the brands Audi, Bentley, Porsche and VW became a fiasco. Sales should reach half a billion euros.
A cargo ship can sink several thousand meters
Emergency services are still hoping they can get the fire under control and pull the ship into port. But hope seems to be fading. Felicity Ice is currently drifting off the Azores, an archipelago belonging to Portugal. If the ship sank in this area, it would sink between 3000 and 4000 meters. This would make salvage impossible and increase the damage to the shipping company.
The ship was on its way from Emden (DE) to Davisville (USA). The ship’s 22 crew members were forced to leave the ship and were rescued by the Resilient Warrior tanker. There are no reports of injuries.
According to “Wirtschaftswoche”, car manufacturers are threatened with significant financial damage. Cargo insurance usually includes high deductibles.
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