Ship carrying hundreds of Porsches and Bentleys adrift after catching fire

US-dependent car reviewer Matt Farah mentioned on Twitter that a Porsche he experienced requested was on the ship.

“I just received the call from my seller,” he tweeted. “My car or truck is now adrift, perhaps on hearth, in the middle of the ocean.”

The fire was nonetheless reportedly active as of Thursday night and the induce is not still acknowledged. The ships are often divided into sections, which could restrict the problems to the cargo.

The ship is operated by Mitsui OSK Traces, which said it “regrets the inconvenience and issue caused”.

It extra: “MOL will make every exertion to incorporate the problems and solve the situation as the key priorities.”

The crew are protected in a hotel on the Azores and are in great wellbeing, it explained, including that it experienced appointed a salvage group which is due to arrive at the vessel on Friday.

Amongst the 3,965 cars and trucks afflicted were being Volkswagen and Lamborghinis, according to the German newspaper Handelsblatt.

Container ship fires are unusual, but can be catastrophic. In 2018, a fire on the Maersk Honam claimed the life of five of its 27 crew following substances it was carrying caught hearth and the ship’s carbon dioxide fireplace suppression procedure was not able to carry the blaze underneath control. It was salvaged and renamed the Maersk Halifax.

Container ship measurements have improved by 1,500laptop considering that 1968, in accordance to insurance company Allianz, which has warned that at any time-much more advanced fire-fighting devices will be required to hold up.

Volkswagen did not instantly react to a ask for for remark.