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Car lovers distraught as new Porsche and Audi’s sink in the Atlantic

PortandTerminal.com, March 20, 2019

Luxury Porsche and Audi sports cars were among the cargo that sank with the cargo ship Grande America after it caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean last week.

The Grande America, owned by Italian shipping company Grimaldi, caught fire approximately 150 miles southwest of the French port of Brest in the Bay of Biscay

Despite extinguishing the fire, the vessel sank later on March 12, and took an estimated 2,000 vehicles with it, including four of Porsche’s exclusive 911 GT2 RS models and a number of Audi A3, A5, Q7, RS4 and RS5 models as well.

The Porsche GT2 RS price ranges from the low$100,000s to mid $200,000s

At the time of the fire, the vessel was on its way from Germany, where the cars had been made, to Morocco, from where they would have been delivered to customers in Brazil.

As well as the cars, the vessel was also carrying 45 containers of contained material deemed to be hazardous, according to Euronews.

This included approximately 10 tonnes of hydrochloric acid and 70 tonnes of sulfuric acid. Euronews also reported that 2,200 tonnes of fuel could have leaked into the sea amid fears of an oil slick hitting the French coast.  

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