NEW YORK – A burning car carrier continued to drift in the mid-Atlantic on Friday.
The Portuguese Navy rescued the 22 crew members by helicopter on Wednesday.
Shipping in the area was warned that the 650ft Felicity Ace was adrift near the Portuguese islands of the Azores.
Typically, car carrier ships carry thousands of vehicles over multiple decks in their hold.
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Volkswagen Group said the ship was carrying vehicles produced by the German automaker and they were heading for the United States. Along with VW, the company also produces Porches and Audis.
“Our immediate thoughts are relieved that all 22 crew members of the merchant vessel ‘Felicity Ace’ are safe and sound,” Porsche said in a statement to Fox News Autos.
“A number of our cars are part of the cargo. We are in contact with the shipping company and the details of the cars on board are now known. Customers affected by the incident are being contacted by their dealership.”
The ship was scheduled to arrive in the port of Davisville, Rhode Island, on February 23.
The ship’s operator, Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines, said in an email to the AP that it could not provide information about the cargo.
A Portuguese navy ship was to check whether the cargo ship was in danger of sinking or causing pollution, Sousa Luis told The Associated Press.
The shipowner is looking for an ocean tug, but the Felicity Ace is unlikely to be towed to a port in the Azores in Portugal due to its size, Sousa Luis said.
Most of the Porsches in the delivery were special orders that customers had been waiting for months, according to social media posts.
A man tweeted that his custom-ordered Porsche Boxster Spyder was on the doomed vessel. Base models of the vehicle sell for $100,000.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
FOX News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.