Ernie Boch Jr. among those who have luxury cars on burning ship

Ernie Boch Jr. among those who have luxury cars on burning ship

A cargo ship bound for New England that caught fire with thousands of luxury vehicles on board could have a major impact on the local auto industry, according to a Massachusetts dealer who has a car of his own on the burning vessel.The ship, named the “Felicity Ace,” is adrift in the Atlantic Ocean about 90 nautical miles from the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.The Felicity Ace caught fire Wednesday, forcing all 22 crew members on board to abandon the 650-foot, 60,000-ton vessel. Those crew members were evacuated by the Portuguese military.The cargo ship was in the process of transporting between 4,000 and 5,000 high-end automobiles from Germany to Rhode Island. The vehicle makes on that ship include Volkswagen, Porsche and Bentley.Massachusetts businessman and philanthropist Ernie Boch Jr., who owns a number of auto dealerships in the state, said one of the Bentleys on the Felicity Ace fire belongs to him.Boch said this fire will have a big impact on the auto industry in New England at a time when there are already so many delays due to supply chain problems.“To lose all those cars is devastating to the industry,” he said. “They were all sold, by the way, because right now, cars are so in-demand that when they’ve manufactured and they come off the line, they’re sold.”The first firefighting boats have reached the Felicity Ace and the Portuguese Navy will eventually be towing the cargo ship back to port.It is unclear at this point how many of the luxury vehicles on board were damaged or totaled by the fire.Investigators are working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

A cargo ship bound for New England that caught fire with thousands of luxury vehicles on board could have a major impact on the local auto industry, according to a Massachusetts dealer who has a car of his own on the burning vessel.

The ship, named the “Felicity Ace,” is adrift in the Atlantic Ocean about 90 nautical miles from the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.

The Felicity Ace caught fire Wednesday, forcing all 22 crew members on board to abandon the 650-foot, 60,000-ton vessel. Those crew members were evacuated by the Portuguese military.

The cargo ship was in the process of transporting between 4,000 and 5,000 high-end automobiles from Germany to Rhode Island. The vehicle makes on that ship include Volkswagen, Porsche and Bentley.

Massachusetts businessman and philanthropist Ernie Boch Jr., who owns a number of auto dealerships in the state, said one of the Bentleys on the Felicity Ace fire belongs to him.

Boch said this fire will have a big impact on the auto industry in New England at a time when there are already so many delays due to supply chain problems.

“To lose all those cars is devastating to the industry,” he said. “They were all sold, by the way, because right now, cars are so in-demand that when they’ve manufactured and they come off the line, they’re sold.”

The first firefighting boats have reached the Felicity Ace and the Portuguese Navy will eventually be towing the cargo ship back to port.

It is unclear at this point how many of the luxury vehicles on board were damaged or totaled by the fire.

Investigators are working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.