A freighter carrying luxury cars is adrift in the Atlantic Ocean after its crew abandoned ship to escape a fire.
The ship was traveling from Emden, Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island, on Wednesday when it caught fire, according to CNN. It carried luxury vehicles, including Porsches and Volkswagens.
At the time, the ship was sailing just southwest of the Portuguese Azores, the Portuguese Navy said in a statement to CNN.
Twenty-two crew members were forced to escape the ship after the fire spread. They were later rescued by the Ponta Delgada Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center and taken to a hotel, the outlet said.
The owners of the car transporter ship Felicity Ace, which is around 656ft long, arranged to have the vessel towed as it is believed to be still on fire.
Porsche told CNN that several of its vehicles were transported to the ship and that dealers were contacting customers who were waiting for these cars.
“Although it is still too early to confirm what happened and the next steps, we, together with our colleagues at Porsche AG, are supporting our customers and dealers as best we can to find solutions,” said Angus Fitton, vice president of public relations at Porsche Cars North America, reportedly said. “We are in contact with the shipping company and the details of the cars on board are now known.”
Volkswagen too confirmed to the media that some of its customers were expecting to receive vehicles that are currently on the burning ship.
“We are aware of an incident involving a third-party freighter carrying Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic. The vessel was en route to North America,” Volkswagen spokesman Dirk Ameer said. at CNN. “At the moment, we are not aware of any injuries. We are in contact with the shipping company to obtain more information on the incident.”