A large cargo ship thought to be carrying thousands of vehicles, including 1,100 Porsches and 189 Bentley’s, is on fire and adrift off the coast of the Azores after its 22 crew members were rescued from the vessel on Thursday evening.
The fire broke out on Wednesday morning in the cargo hold of the ship, called the Felicity Ace, which had departed from Emden, Germany, on 10th February.
The crew tried to fight the fire but were overwhelmed by the blaze, leading the Captain to request a complete evacuation of the ship’s company.
According to a ship tracking website, the ship was scheduled to arrive in Davisville, R.I., on Wednesday.
The vessel was about 200 miles from Terceira Island in the Azores when Portuguese search and rescue teams moved in on Wednesday to evacuate the crew.
There are no reports of any crew members or search and rescue personnel being injured.
It was unclear how much of the 650-foot, 60,000-ton cargo ship’s inventory was lost in the fire.
The shipping company could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Drive, an automotive website, reported that the VW Group estimated nearly 4,000 vehicles were on board, including 189 Bentleys.