by: Alix Martichoux, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Feb 22, 2022 / 05:27 PM MST
Up to date: Feb 22, 2022 / 05:27 PM MST

Porsche vehicles wait to be shipped on the harbour in Bremerhaven, nothern Germany, on June 1, 2018 (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP through Getty Photographs)

(NEXSTAR) – An enormous 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 line with 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 vehicles and different Volkswagen Auto Group autos, in line with FleetMon, a web site that tracks transport logistics and vessel information.

“A lot of our vehicles are among the many cargo. We’re involved with the transport firm and the main points of the vehicles on board at the moment are recognized. Prospects affected by the incident are being contacted by their vendor,” Porsche mentioned in an announcement to Fox Information.

Usually, automotive 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 USA. The ship left Germany on Feb. 10 and was as a consequence of arrive in Rhode Island on Feb. 23, in line with marine site visitors logs.

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

The Related Press contributed to this report.