Posted: Feb 22, 2022 / 04:27 PM PST

Up to date: Feb 23, 2022 / 08:45 AM PST

(NEXSTAR) – A large cargo ship loaded with vehicles 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 keeping with the Portuguese navy.

The ship, referred to as Felicity Ace, is 650 ft lengthy. Its nearest landmass is the Azores Islands, a distant archipelago within the mid-Atlantic.

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The Felicity Ace can carry greater than 17,000 metric tons of cargo. This ship was carrying Porsche vehicles and different Volkswagen Auto Group autos, in keeping with FleetMon, a web site that tracks transport logistics and vessel information.

“Quite a few our vehicles are among the many cargo. We’re involved with the transport firm and the main points of the vehicles on board are actually recognized. Clients affected by the incident are being contacted by their supplier,” Porsche stated in an announcement to Fox Information.

Sometimes, automotive transport ships carry hundreds of autos on a number of decks of their maintain.

The automobile transporter was on a transatlantic voyage from Germany to america. The ship left Germany on Feb. 10 and was because of arrive in Rhode Island on Feb. 23, in keeping with marine site visitors logs.

The Portuguese navy stated the fireplace was nonetheless burning Thursday. Photographs proven on YouTube confirmed white smoke billowing from the ship.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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