Posted: Feb 22, 2022 / 07:27 PM EST

Up to date: Feb 23, 2022 / 07:19 AM EST

(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 the realm have been warned of the burning vessel, in accordance with the Portuguese navy.

The ship, known as Felicity Ace, is 650 ft 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 vehicles and different Volkswagen Auto Group autos, in accordance 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. Prospects affected by the incident are being contacted by their seller,” Porsche stated in a press release to Fox Information.

Sometimes, automobile transport ships carry hundreds 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 accordance with marine 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.