A cargo ship carrying various Volkswagen Group automobiles has caught fireplace close to the coast of Portugal’s Azores islands.

Key factors:

  • The ship was trying to transporting VW automobiles from a manufacturing facility in Germany
  • Crew members had been evacuated and no-one was harm
  • A German newspaper reported that the ship was carrying 3,965 Volkswagen Group automobiles, together with Porsches, Audis and Lamborghinis

The 22 crew members on board had been evacuated with no-one harm, the Portuguese Navy stated.

The ship was was travelling from Germany to america when the fireplace broke out on Wednesday.

A Porsche spokesperson stated about 1,100 Porsche automobiles had been on board on the time. Audi confirmed a few of its automobiles had been additionally on board however didn’t say what number of.

German newspaper Handelsblatt reported that an inner electronic mail from Volkswagen USA said that the ship was carrying 3,965 automobiles of the VW, Porsche, Audi and Lamborghini manufacturers.

An image shared by the Portuguese maritime authority on its web site confirmed clouds of smoke billowing from ship.

The vessel, Felicity Ace, was travelling from Emden, Germany — the place Volkswagen has a manufacturing facility — to Davisville, within the US state of Rhode Island, in line with the web site Marine Site visitors.

The fireplace is lively however underneath management, the captain of the port of Horta on the Azorean island of Faial instructed Portuguese information company Lusa on Thursday.

Azorean authorities weren’t instantly out there for remark.

Smoking Tire automotive podcast host Matt Farah wrote on Twitter that he had been contacted by his automotive vendor, who had instructed him the Porsche Boxster Spyder he had ordered was “now adrift, probably on fireplace, in the midst of the ocean.”

Reuters/ABC