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Cruise Ship Carrying 237 Passengers on Fire (Video)

Fri 18 Feb 2022 | 10:20 AM
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A fire broke out on an Italian-flagged cruise ship that had 237 passengers and 51 crew onboard, Greek port police reported on Friday.

The ship, packed with luxury cars, carried cargo, including Porsches and Volkswagens, from Emden, Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island.

The 656 foot-long Felicity Ace roll-on/roll-off car-carrying ship caught fire in the North Atlantic on Wednesday, according to the police

The crew was safely picked up and taken to a local hotel, according to a statement by the Portuguese Navy. Meanwhile, there is no report of any casualties.

Porsche confirmed to CNN Business that a number of its cars were among the cargo, adding that customers with cars on board the ship are being contacted by their dealers.


"While it remains too early to confirm what occurred and next steps, we are -- along with our colleagues at Porsche AG -- supporting our customers and our dealers as best we can to find solutions," said Angus Fitton, Vice President of PR at Porsche Cars North America. "We are in contact with the shipping company and the details of the cars on board are now known."

On his part, journalist and host Matt Farah, who said he had a 2022 Porsche Boxster Spyder awaiting delivery, stated that he had already started receiving word from dealerships about the status of their vehicles.

"The dealer confirmed that my car, along with at least a dozen other vehicles they were expecting, is on that boat," Farah said.

"They had no further information for me beyond confirming my car was on the boat, and said that as soon as Porsche Cars North America has a plan of any kind with how to proceed, that they would share the plans with me."