Felicity Ace Fire

Flaming Cargo Ship Carrying Over 4,000 Porsches, Bentleys and Lamborghinis has Officially Sunk

Revheads, pour a little liquor (or petrol) out for the fallen homies. The Felicity Ace cargo ship, which carried over 4,000 Porsches, Bentleys and Lamborghinis, is officially swimming with the fish. The 650-foot-long carrier caught ablaze in February while travelling from Germany to the United States. Nearby ships and a helicopter were able to rescue the 22-person crew without injury; however, the vessel wasn’t so lucky. For weeks, the world watched as the Felicity Ace continued to burn, with Bloomberg News reporting it sunk on Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, no luxury vehicles are expected to survive.

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The vessel sank roughly 250 miles off Portugal’s Azore Islands around 9 a.m. local time. According to Singapore-based MOL Ship Management, it was being towed back to land when rough waters slowed down the process and eventually caused the ship to go under. “The weather was pretty rough out there,” Pat Adamson, a spokesperson for MOL, stated. “And then she sank, which was a surprise.”

Due to the precious cargo on board, the Felicity Ace captivated audiences around the globe. Onboard, the ship was transporting 3,965 Volkswagen AG vehicles, including 1,110 Porsches, 189 Bentleys and 21 Lamborghinis, as well as an unspecified number of Audis. Initially, it was believed several cars could be saved from the wreckage, but a new report from The New York Times confirmed there’s now zero hope of that happening. As pissed off rich people now face significant delays, Volkswagen told the news outlet that they have already begun the process of replacing the lost vehicles. Financial costs from the incident are set to reach upwards of US$155 million. This is why you buy insurance, people.

With the Felicity Ace now underwater, authorities will now focus on minimising the environmental impact. The Portuguese Navy told Bloomberg there was “a small patch of oily residue” after the boat sank, and a cleanup crew has attempted to disperse the substance with water cannons. Divers and more equipment have been deployed to help with the ongoing situation.

Changing topics, is anyone keen to go scuba diving in Portugal? We’ve heard there’s some… erm… buried treasure to be found.

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Sam Mangioni is an experienced Staff Writer with an extensive background in digital content production and news. Prior to working for Man of Many, Sam spent three years at Southern Cross Austereo where he served as a Content Producer and News Reporter for the flagship Triple M Breakfast Program. The Sydney-based reporter completed a Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University Majoring in Marketing in 2014. A specialist in sport, lifestyle and gear coverage, Sam's work has also featured in Fight News Australia.