When it comes to marine transport, accidents are unpredictable just like how no one can completely foresee the behavior of the ocean. This is why seafarers are always on guard. Despite this, there are still unforeseen incidents just like this huge one that occurred near the sea of Brazil.
A 28,000-tonne merchant ship caught fire while transporting 2,000 cars to Brazil. Thankfully, the 27 crew on-board were safe after cramming into a lifeboat. The 2,000 cars, however, all sank in the Atlantic Ocean. French authorities quickly began to clean up oil spill after 2,200 tons of heavy fuel seeped into the ocean.
According to 9gag, the ship was carrying millions worth of cars, Porsche was one of them, including four 911 GT2 RS, which retail for around $293,200USD. Audi lost a number of its vehicles in the shipment, including the Audi A3, A5, RS4, RS5, and Q7 models.
Porsche wrote letters to Brazilian customers who were waiting for their order to arrive. The letter goes,
“We are sorry to inform you that, due to a fire, a Grimaldi group ship, that was transporting your vehicle, sank on March 12, 2019. And for that reason, your GT2 RS cannot be delivered.
As you may know, Porsche ended the 911 GT2 RS production on February 2019 and under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t be possible to give you another car.
But, due to the nature of the situation, and considering that you’re a loyal and highly valuable customer for our brand, Porsche has decided to resume the GT2 RS production in Germany, and your vehicle will be produced in April, with delivery scheduled for June.”
Although millions of dollars worth of cars are lost in transit, what remains something to be thankful for is that no casualty was recorded during the incident.