A burning freighter full of Porsches drifting in the Atlantic Ocean
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A freighter carrying vehicles from Germany to the United States caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday and remains adrift near the Azores islands.
The Portuguese Navy rescued the 22 crew members of the ship, named the Felicity Ace, which was due to arrive in the port of Davisville, Rhode Island, on February 23.
No one was injured, but the Felicity Ace was carrying an unknown number of Volkswagen Group vehicles, including Porsches, in its 4,000-vehicle cargo hold.
“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.”
A statement from Volkswagen Group, which owns Porsche, VW, Audi, Lamborghini and Bentley, said: “We are working with local authorities and the shipping company to investigate the cause of the incident.”
Most of the Porsches in the delivery were special orders that customers had been waiting for months, according to several accounts posted on social media.
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The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
A navy spokesman said the ship’s owner, Japanese company Mitsui OSK Lines, was trying to find an ocean-going tug to tow the vessel to shore.
The Associated Press contributed to this report