BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - A burning car transport ship is drifting in the mid-Atlantic after the huge vessel's 22 crew members were evacuated due to the blaze.
The Portuguese navy says shipping in the area near the Azores Islands have been warned that the 200-meter-long Felicity Ace is a drift. The vessel can carry more than 17,000 metric tons of cargo and was on a transatlantic voyage from Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island to drop off a cargo of Volkswagens and Porches.
Lt. Brandon Newman with the U.S. Coast Guard's first district headquarters in Boston said now that the crew has been rescued there isn't much left to be done about the cars.
"At this point we're just monitoring the vessel and making sure other boats are aware of it." Lt. Newman said.
Thankfully no injuries have been reported to the 22 crew members on board.
Volkswagen Group said in a brief statement the Felicity Ace was transporting to the U.S. vehicles that the German automaker produced. The company declined to comment on what consequences the incident might have for U.S. customers or the VW Group.
WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports: