1,000 Porsche cars destined for the U.S. burned aboard abandoned cargo ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
The Felicity Ace, a massive cargo ship carrying thousands of Volkswagen Group vehicles on board, is burning in the middle of the Atlantic. The Panama-flagged Felicity Ace, which is roughly the size of three football fields, was heading from Germany to a port in Rhode Island, caught fire near the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday afternoon, according to a report from Bloomberg.
According to the report, 3,965 Volkswagen Group cars including Audis, Porsches destined for the U.S. were left aboard the Felicity Ace. About a quarter of the cars from Porsche, according to Bloomberg. Porsche estimates that 1,100 of its vehicles are on board the Felicity Ace.
According to a statement by the Portuguese Navy, all the 22 crew members were successfully evacuated and got off safely. They were later taken to a local by the Portuguese Navy and Air Force. The 22 crew members are in good health and did not need medical attention.
The vessel owner is currently developing a plan to recover the abandoned ship, which is now left unmanned and adrift.
Volkswagen Group is also the owner of other popular brands like Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and VW.