Five days after the cargo ship and the luxury cars it was carrying started burning 90 nautical miles southwest of the Portuguese Azores islands, Captain João Mendes Cabeças told Portuguese news agency Lusa . that “the fire had died down in recent hours”, thanks to the lack of materials left to cross.
Two large tugs arrived at the scene on Tuesday from Gibraltar and douse the ship with water to cool it down, according to a statement from the owner of the Felicity Ace, Japanese shipping operator Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL). The tugs will also help position the Felicity Ace as safety conditions are assessed. Once approved, the initial salvage team will board and provide more information on the damage as well as next steps. Two lifeboats are en route to the freighter to assist with firefighting and towing, the statement said.
There are currently no confirmed oil leaks from the stable vessel, according to the MOL statement on Tuesday.
Porsche has sent a letter to affected car dealerships stating that all lost cars will be rebuilt and delivered as soon as possible, according to journalist and TV host Matt Farah, whose new 2022 Porsche Boxster Spyder was among those lost at sea. According to AEG and Reuters, around 1,100 Porsches and 189 Bentleys were lost on the ship, including many high-end custom models that would collectively exceed $140 million.
Volkswagen Group, which owns Lamborghini, Porsche and Audi, confirmed to CNN Business that the vessel was carrying its vehicles but gave no further details.
Once deemed safe, the Felicity Ace will be towed to another European country or the Bahamas, Cabecas told Reuters.