The Portuguese Navy reported on Wednesday that the merchant vessel ‘Felicity Ace’, which caught fire near the Azores laden with luxury vehicles, sank while being towed outside Portugal’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), leaving a “little” spot of oily residue.
The Panamanian-flagged cargo ship sank on Tuesday morning after losing stability about 46 kilometers from the limit of the Portuguese EEZ, in an area with a depth of about 3,000 meters, the Navy reported. The event left floating debris in the area and a “small patch of oily residue”, which is dispersed with jets of water launched by the tugs. The Pollution Control Directorate of the Portuguese National Maritime Authority and the European Maritime Safety Agency are monitoring the stain.
The Portuguese Air Force sends a C-295 aircraft to the region and the Navy continues to “monitor” the situation, through the Hydrographic Institute, which updates the current slick drift calculations .
Aboard the ship are Navy divers and pollution control equipment, such as National Maritime Authority ocean protection and containment barriers.
As a preventive measure, one of the tugs is heading for Ponta Delgada (Azores) to embark “a reinforcement of anti-pollution equipment”, reports the Navy.
The ‘Felicity Ace’ suffered a fire on February 16, while sailing 170 kilometers southwest of the island of Faial (Azores), and its 22 crew members were rescued unharmed and taken to the Horta airport by a Portuguese army plane when the fire broke out. in the hold.
After controlling the flames, the towing began on the 24th. The ship, built in 2005, had left the German port of Emden bound for Davisville (United States), was dedicated to the transport of vehicles, and had the capacity to carry a load of 17,000 tons.
According to media reports, it was carrying 4,000 high-end Volkswagen Group vehicles, such as Porsche and Lamborghini.
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