An emergency onboard the cargo vessel Felicity Ace has forced the crew to evacuate, stranding multiple Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles in the middle of the Atlantic on a burning ship, including at least one very special 2022 Porsche Boxster. All 22 crew members have been reported safe, after being rescued by another shipping vessel shortly after issuing a distress call.
The Felicity Ace was reportedly carrying mostly Porsche and VW models, and possibly other automakers’ vehicles. The ship left Emden, Germany on February 10, and issued its distress call yesterday, February 16 after a fire broke out in one of its cargo decks. The ship was due in port at Davisville, Rhode Island on February 23, but was left adrift without a crew and burning in the middle of the Atlantic, near the Portuguese Island of São Miguel on February 17.
Update March 1, 2022: MOL Ship Management Singapore, the company that operated the Felicity Ace ship under the Panamanian flag, has announced the car carrier has capsized and sunken below the surface following the onboard fire. Salvage crews had been battling the fires onboard for weeks in an attempt to salvage some of the ship and its contents. It’s unclear if anything from the ship was collected before it sank.
The article from Motor Trend goes more in depth