2,000 cars worth millions of pounds sank in the Atlantic Ocean after the fire broke out on the ship
A ship carrying 2,000 cars and tonnes of chemicals sank in the Atlantic ocean which caused a loss of millions of pounds to several companies. There were a total of 37 Porsche cars out of which four units of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS worth £222,065 ($293,200) apiece were on board. In this incident, Audi too has reportedly lost several cars.
The ship named departed from Hamburg in Germany and was en route to Casablanca in Morocco. It was supposed to head to Brazil after docking Morocco where the customers of these premium cars were waiting.
The incident happened when the fire broke out in one of the containers and soon spread to other containers. The Navy crew managed to save 27 people on-board which took them eight-hours to rescue everyone on Italian ship Grande America while in the Bay of Biscay.
Porsche apologized to the Brazilian customers who were waiting for their order and said, “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. We recommend that you contact your local Porsche Centre for further information,” they added.
Other than the prized 911 GT2 RS cars, Porsche Brazil lost a few 718 Caymans, Boxsters and even Cayennes.