LISBON, Portugal — A burning automotive transport ship is drifting close to the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands after the large vessel’s 22 crew members have been evacuated as a result of blaze.

The Portuguese navy says ships within the space have been warned that the 650-foot-long Felicity Ace is adrift. The ship can carry greater than 17,000 metric tons of cargo.

The automobile transporter was on a transatlantic voyage from Germany to the USA. It was scheduled to reach in Davisville, R.I., on Wednesday, in line with NPR.

Sometimes, automotive transport ships carry hundreds of automobiles on a number of decks of their maintain. The Drive estimates that the Felicity Ace is carrying almost 4,000 automobiles, together with 1,100 Porsches and almost 200 Bentleys.

A navy assertion mentioned the fireplace was nonetheless burning Thursday, with giant clouds of white smoke billowing out.