1,000 Porsches burn aboard this abandoned freighter


A huge, abandoned freighter burns in the Atlantic Ocean with 3,965 vehicles belonging to the Volkswagen Group, about a quarter of those belonging to Porsche, according to Bloomberg† Porsche estimates that 1,100 of its vehicles are aboard the Felicity Ace, a freighter the size of three football fields. Volkswagen Group is also home to brands such as Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and VW.

The Felicity Ace was en route from Germany to a port in Rhode Island when it sent distress signals Wednesday morning reporting a fire in one of its cargo decks. All 22 crew were successfully evacuated and did not require medical attention, a statement from the Portuguese Navy said. The ship’s owner is now developing a plan to salvage the abandoned ship.

All 22 crew were rescued safely.
Photo: Portuguese Navy

The incident is a troubling development for the Volkswagen Group, in an industry already plagued with supply difficulties due to pandemic-related staffing and chip shortages.

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