Cargo Ship Fire Finally Dies Down, Leaving Dozens of Destroyed Cars

The ship mid-burn.

The ship mid-burn.

Gabriela Danger, Opinion Editor

Last week was a bit of a peculiar one for car lovers worldwide, but especially in Lisbon, Portugal, when a cargo ship carrying many luxury cars caught fire. The ship was originally headed for the Azores Islands, and was burning for six days.

Portugal’s Air Force quickly evacuated the 22 people on board, so luckily no lives were lost, but they did unfortunately leave the boat adrift to burn.

Some tugboats were sent out to try and hose down the fire in an attempt to cool it off. However, the cause of the fire is not yet known by authorities. They do know that the fire began on the cargo deck, where a lot of the vehicles were kept.

“We know from what the captain told us that there were a lot of electric vehicles on board, as well as non-electric vehicles,” said Captain Joao Mendes Cabecas.

Among some of the cars inside the ship were Bentleys, Porsches, and Volkswagens.

Because of everyone’s efforts, the ship was stable by Tuesday, with a salvage crew planning to arrive soon to inspect the damages. Mendes Cabecas has also assured that pollution won’t be an issue. The hoses used to try and kill the fire are purposefully aimed so that runoff possibly containing lithium (from the car batteries) won’t get into the ocean.

While it’s a major loss for the luxury car community, it’s heartening to know that the people in charge of cleaning up after this unfortunate event are being considerate of the ocean’s environmental health.

For more details about the fire, check out this article by ABC news.