A big cargo ship carrying Porsche and Volkswagen autos has caught fireplace within the Atlantic Ocean, with 22 crew members rescued by the Portuguese Navy.

The 650ft-long Felicity Ace, inbuilt 2005, can carry as much as 4000 automobiles. It was destined for the US, crusing from Emden port in Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island, on-line trackers have mentioned.

The ship sounded the alarm after a hearth broke out within the maintain, the Related Press has reported.

The Portuguese Navy mentioned 4 service provider ships had been aiding with the rescue close to the island of Faial within the Azores, together with one in all its personal patrol boats. 

“We’re conscious of an incident aboard the Felicity Ace, a specialised cargo ship carrying sure Porsche autos,” Porsche mentioned on its Observe Your Dream service, which clients can use to trace the progress of their order. 

“Your dealership will give you extra info on how this impacts you as quickly as we’ve got extra info and know the total scope of the difficulty.” 

In a separate assertion to The Drive on Wednesday, Porsche mentioned: “Our instant ideas are of the 22 crew of the service provider ship Felicity Ace, all of whom we perceive are secure and nicely because of their rescue by the Portuguese Navy following reviews of a hearth on board.

“We consider numerous our automobiles are among the many cargo on board the ship. No additional particulars of the precise automobiles affected can be found at the moment. We’re in shut contact with the delivery firm and can share extra info in the end.”

Volkswagen in the meantime additionally launched an announcement, saying it was “conscious of an incident at the moment involving a cargo ship transporting Volkswagen Group autos throughout the Atlantic.” 

The German agency mentioned it wasn’t conscious of any accidents. “We’re working with native authorities and the delivery firm to research the reason for the incident,” it continued. 

It isn’t clear which particular autos the Felicity Ace was carrying.

The Portuguese Navy has mentioned there aren’t any additional particulars concerning the restoration operation, however the ship is claimed to be drifiting eastwards.