A fire aboard a freighter in the Atlantic Ocean may have been intensified by electric vehicle batteries from luxury cars like Porches and Bentleys

The massive fire on a cargo ship adrift in the Atlantic Ocean carrying thousands of luxury cars may have been intensified by the batteries of the electric vehicles on board, according to reports.

The 650-foot-long Felicity Ace, which carries some 4,000 cars, including Porsches and Bentleys, caught fire in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean last Wednesday while en route from Germany to the United States. United.

All 22 crew on board were evacuated and rescued that day.

However, the ship continues to brood off the coast of the Portuguese Azores Islands.

Joo Mendes Cabeas, captain of the nearest port to the Azorean island of Faial, told Reuters at the weekend that the lithium-ion batteries in the electric vehicles on board the ship were “keeping the fire going”.

Cabeas explained that specialized equipment was needed to extinguish the fire.

The cause of the fire was not yet clear.

“The cars are electric and part of the fire is due to the batteries still burning out,” said a spokesman for Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, which owns SMIT Salvage and is the company that was contracted to save the vessel. told the Wall Street Journal in a report published Sunday.

Meanwhile, Cabeas told Portuguese news agency Lusa on Monday that the fire had died down likely because there was not much left to burn, Reuters reported.

“The fire has died down in the past few hours,” Cabeas said, according to Reuters.