A mammoth cargo ship believed to be carrying 1000’s of autos together with 1,100 Porsches was on hearth and drifting off the coast of the Azores on Thursday after its 22 crew members have been rescued from the vessel.

The hearth broke out on Wednesday morning within the cargo maintain of the ship, known as the Felicity Ace, which had departed from Emden, Germany, on Feb. 10 and was scheduled to reach within the port of Davisville, R.I., on Wednesday, in accordance with a ship monitoring web site.

The ship was about 200 miles from Terceira Island within the Azores, the Portuguese island territory, when Portuguese forces moved in on Wednesday to evacuate the crew.

No rescuers or crew members have been injured within the “extremely expert and bodily demanding” operation, which included a helicopter that whisked the crew members to the close by Portuguese island of Faial, in accordance with the authorities.

It was unclear how a lot of the 650-foot, 60,000-ton cargo ship’s stock was misplaced within the hearth and the way the authorities would are likely to the stricken ship.

The Drive, an automotive web site, reported that the Volkswagen Group estimated almost 4,000 autos have been on board, together with 189 Bentleys. Emails despatched to the Volkswagen Group weren’t instantly answered.

On Friday, Boskalis, a Dutch marine companies firm, stated {that a} group of 16 consultants from a subsidiary, SMIT Salvage, had been mobilized and that giant tools was en route from Spain and the Netherlands to assist put out the fireplace on the ship.

Mitsui O.S.Ok. Strains, which operated the Felicity Ace, stated it had established an incident response group to coordinate the emergency and would “make each effort to include the harm and resolve the scenario.”

Images launched on Friday by the Portuguese navy confirmed smoke billowing from the ship and not less than one firefighting boat dousing the vessel with water.

The hearth comes as showrooms throughout the nation try to satisfy client demand amid supply-chain issues induced partly by the pandemic. Low rates of interest, larger financial savings charges and authorities stimulus funds have elevated demand, whereas automakers have struggled to climate a scarcity of laptop chips.

Matt Farah, a automobile fanatic and editor of The Smoking Tire, had been ready for his 2022 frozen-berry metallic Boxster Spyder, with a retail worth of about $123,000 and modified to his exact specs, since August. “The perfect sports activities automobile of all time, fingers down,” he wrote.

He obtained disappointing information on Wednesday, he stated: “I simply obtained a name from my seller. My automobile is now adrift, probably on hearth, in the midst of the ocean.”

In a press release on Thursday, Mr. Farah stated {that a} Porsche consultant confirmed that his automobile was on the boat and apologized for the inconvenience.

“That was yesterday, and I’ve not heard any updates since,” he stated. “I’m glad nobody was harm within the hearth and everyone seems to be secure, which is a very powerful factor. I’m positive that no matter occurs going ahead, Porsche will do proper by their prospects.”

In a press release on Thursday night, a spokeswoman for Porsche Vehicles North America stated that 1,100 of the corporate’s automobiles have been on board however that the destiny of the autos was unknown. She inspired prospects frightened about their automobile to contact their seller.

“Our quick ideas are of reduction that the 22 crew members of the service provider ship Felicity Ace are secure and properly,” the assertion stated.

Michael Levenson contributed reporting.