A cargo ship with Porsche VW cars caught fire in the Atlantic and is drifting, a rescue ship rushes to save it

A cargo ship with Porsche VW cars caught fire in the Atlantic and is drifting, a rescue ship rushes to save it

A cargo ship with 4,000 Porsches and Volkswagens bound for the US catches fire in the middle of the Atlantic as a Greek tanker rushes to rescue a crew of 22 from lifeboats who have abandoned the ship and were later airlifted by the Portuguese fleet.

  • The cargo ship Felicity Ace, which was carrying cars from Emden, Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island, caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The ship sounded the alarm after a fire broke out in the hold and her crew of 22 left the ship and were safely rescued.
  • At least eleven crew members were picked up from the Greek tanker Resilient Warrior by a Portuguese Navy helicopter.
  • In the hold were Porsche and Volkswagen cars destined for the United States.

A cargo ship with Porsche and Volkswagen cars caught fire in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Portuguese Navy said 22 crew members evacuated from a huge cargo ship into lifeboats caught fire and drifted after it caught fire near the Azores in the mid-Atlantic.

Felicity Ace sounded the alarm after a fire broke out in the hold, the Portuguese Navy said in a statement. The cause of the fire is not known.

The 650-foot vessel sailed from Emden in Germany and sailed on Feb. 10 bound for the port of Davisville in the US state of Rhode Island, according to online ship trackers.

The cargo ship Felicity Ace, which was carrying cars from Emden, Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island, caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean.

The cargo ship Felicity Ace, which was carrying cars from Emden, Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island, caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean.

The crew of 22 evacuated to lifeboats and was picked up by the tanker Resilient Warrior, owned by the Greek company Polembros Shipping Limited.  Pictured is a view from Resilient Warrior with Felicity Ace visible on the horizon.

The crew of 22 evacuated to lifeboats and was picked up by the tanker Resilient Warrior, owned by the Greek company Polembros Shipping Limited. Pictured is a view from Resilient Warrior with Felicity Ace visible on the horizon.

The 650-foot vessel sailed from Emden in Germany and sailed on Feb. 10 bound for the port of Davisville in the US state of Rhode Island, according to online ship trackers.

The 650-foot vessel sailed from Emden in Germany and sailed on Feb. 10 bound for the port of Davisville in the US state of Rhode Island, according to online ship trackers.

The Portuguese Navy said one of its patrol boats and four merchant ships assisted in the rescue. Aircraft of the Portuguese Air Force were also mobilized.

After transmitting a distress call, a Portuguese Navy patrol boat, along with four other merchant ships in the area, headed towards the location of the ship in distress. The crew left the ship and went down to the lifeboats.

So far, 11 crew members have been picked up from the Greek tanker Resilient Warrior by a Portuguese Navy helicopter.

The ship, which can carry up to 4,000 vehicles, was originally expected to arrive in Davisville, Rhode Island on February 23rd.

The ship regularly carries Volkswagen, Lamborghini, Audi and Porsche vehicles.

So far, 11 crew members have been picked up from the Greek tanker Resilient Warrior by a Portuguese Navy helicopter.

So far, 11 crew members have been picked up from the Greek tanker Resilient Warrior by a Portuguese Navy helicopter.

Eager Porsche buyers accessing the Track Your Dream service, which details the progress of the car’s delivery, say the company was “aware of the Felicity Ace incident transporting certain Porsche vehicles.”

Matt Farah, the man behind The Smoking Tire YouTube channel, posted today about his own Porsche that appeared to be on board the ship.

“I ordered a Boxster Spyder in August and I was very happy to receive it later this month and now it looks like it could be an artificial reef,” said Matt Farah, who runs the Smoking Tire YouTube channel.

“I’m only saying this because I know no one was hurt, which is obviously more important.”

The 650-foot ship pictured was sailing from Emden in Germany to Rhode Island.

The 650-foot ship pictured was sailing from Emden in Germany to Rhode Island.

On Wednesday, Porsche released a statement regarding the wrecked ship.

“Our immediate thoughts are with the 22 crew members of the merchant ship Felicity Ace, all of whom we understand are safe and healthy as a result of their rescue by the Portuguese Navy following reports of fire on board.

“We believe that some of our vehicles are among the cargo on board the ship. There are no further details on the specific vehicles affected at this time – we are in close contact with the shipping company and will share more information in due course.”

Volkswagen also released a statement: “Today we became aware of an incident involving a freighter carrying Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic. We are not aware of any injuries at this time. We are working with local authorities and the shipping company to find out the cause of the incident.”

A spokesman for the Portuguese Navy said there were no further details about the ongoing operation.

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