A ship laden with luxury cars was drifting in the Atlantic Ocean, southwest of the Azores archipelago in Portuguese territory. Lisboa, The ship caught fire and was abandoned by the crew, which included 22 people.
Registered in Panama and operated by a Japanese company, the Felicity Ace, a ship about 200 meters in length, carried about 4,000 cars from Porsche and other brands of the Volkswagen Group from the city of Emden to Davisville, Germany. US state D Rhode Island.
The fire, for unknown reasons, spread through the ship, reaching the cargo area.
The Portuguese Navy received the alert and said in a statement, that it had rescued the entire crew, who were first taken in an oil tanker, which diverted its way to help with the operation, and then to a local hotel. moved to. The note also stated that the fire is ongoing on board and that a patrol is monitoring the abandoned ship until plans are made to move it to a port.
Porsche confirmed that Porsche cars were on the ship and said that customers who have already purchased the transported cars would contact the sellers. “We are in contact with the shipping company and the details of the cars on board are already known,” said Angus Fitton, Porsche’s vice president of public relations for North America.
A spokesperson said, “We are aware of an incident involving a third-party cargo ship carrying Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic. At this time, we have no reports of injuries and we are already in contact with the shipping company.” are in.” – sound of Volkswagen Group,