iA cargo ship reportedly carrying several brand new Porsche models and new Volkswagen cars was on its way from Germany to the US when it caught fire on Wednesday in the Atlantic Ocean.
The cargo ship Felicity Ace left Germany’s Emden for Davisville in United States’ Rhode Island with 22 crew members who were reportedly rescued by a Greek tanker and later airlifted by the Portuguese Navy.
The Portuguese Navy said four merchant ships were assisting with the rescue near the island of Faial in the Azores, along with one of its patrol boats.
“We’re aware of an incident aboard the Felicity Ace, a specialized cargo ship carrying certain Porsche vehicles,” Porsche said on its Track Your Dream service.
In a separate statement on Wednesday, Porsche said their thoughts are with the ship’s crew members.
“Our immediate thoughts are of the 22 crew of the merchant ship “Felicity Ace”, all of whom we understand is safe and well as a result of their rescue by the Portuguese Navy following reports of a fire on board,” Porsche said in a statement.
According to reports, the Felicity Ace would be towed to shelter and await the arrival of a salvage company.
It’s not known how many cars exactly were on board, but reports said the Felicity Ace could carry up to 4000 vehicles.
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