The Felicity Ace Ship That Caught Fire with 4,000 Vehicles Aboard Has Sunk
For the past two weeks, many car fans, and most particularly buyers who were waiting for their new vehicles to be delivered, have been holding their breath as the ship carrying their prized acquisitions, the Felicity Ace, suffered a fire on board.
The blaze was eventually brought under control and the ship was in the midst of a salvage operation to tow her and the approximately 4,000 new vehicles on board to shore. Their fate was still uncertain, but there was little hope that any of those vehicles could be salvaged.
That small amount of hope was snuffed out this morning, as the salvage company towing the ship back to land reported that the vessel suffered a starboard list serious enough to have it take on water, and has now sunk off the Azores. Road & Track magazine reported today that the last update from the ship's owner, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), was on February 25. At that time, it indicated that the vessel was stable and had been boarded by rescue teams.
Then came the events of this morning:
“MOL Ship Management (Singapore) updates the situation regarding the ‘Felicity Ace’ car carrier. Initial reports from the local salvage team state that the vessel had sunk at around 9 a.m. local time, having suffered a list to starboard. The last vessel position was around 220nm off the Azores. The salvage crafts will remain around the area to monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.”Read more