(NEXSTAR) — An enormous cargo ship loaded with automobiles was burning and adrift within the Atlantic Ocean Thursday.
All 22 crew members on board have been safely evacuated and ships passing by means of the realm have been warned of the burning vessel, in response to the Portuguese navy.
The ship, known as Felicity Ace, is 650 toes lengthy. Its nearest land mass are the Azores Islands, a distant archipelago within the mid-Atlantic.
The Felicity Ace can carry greater than 17,000 metric tons of cargo. This ship was carrying Porsche automobiles and different Volkswagen Auto Group autos, in response to FleetMon, a web site that tracks delivery logistics and vessel information.
“A lot of our automobiles are among the many cargo. We’re involved with the delivery firm and the small print of the automobiles on board are actually recognized. Clients affected by the incident are being contacted by their supplier,” Porsche stated in a press release to Fox Information.
Usually, automotive transport ships carry 1000’s of autos on a number of decks of their maintain.
The car transporter was on a transatlantic voyage from Germany to the US. The ship left Germany on Feb. 10 and was on account of arrive in Rhode Island on Feb. 23, in response to marine visitors logs.
The Portuguese navy stated the hearth was nonetheless burning Thursday. Pictures proven on YouTube confirmed white smoke billowing from the ship.
The Related Press contributed to this report.