The Felicity Ace is a cargo ship fully loaded with Luxury Cars caught fire on Wednesday (16/Feb/2022) and was abanded yesterday (17/Feb/2022) in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.
It was caring cargo including Porsches and Volkswagens from Emden, Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island at the moment of fire broke out. After a fire broke out in the cargo hold, it spread and forced all 22 crew members to abandon the ship. The crew was safely picked up by the Portuguese Navy.
The 656 foot-long Felicity Ace roll-on/roll-off car-carrying ship caught fire in the North Atlantic. The Felicity Ace can carry over 17,000 metric tons of cargo, according to the Associated Press, with possibly thousands of cars on board.
At the time of the fire’s outbreak, the ship was sailing 90 nautical miles southwest of Portugal’s Azores, according to a statement on Wednesday by the Portuguese Navy. According to another statement by the Portuguese Navy, the crew was safely picked up and taken to a local hotel, with the rescue coordinated by the Ponta Delgada Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center. There has been no noticeable source of pollution from the fire, yet.
The ship’s owners have arranged for a tow as it continues to burn. The Felicity Ace was sailing under Panama Flag, but it is operated by a Japanese shipping line called Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL). A CNN report says MOL has not responded to the request for comment.
The Portuguese Navy said that as of Thursday, the fire is ongoing, and an ocean patrol vessel remains on-site to monitor the abandoned ship.