A luxury car carrying vessel, named Felicity Ace, has caught fire off the coast of Portugal’s Azores islands while crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the report by the Portuguese Navy, the 6,400 car equivalent unit (CEU) car carrier sent out an alarm on 16 February following the break out of a fire in one of the cargo decks.

The rescue teams included the Portuguese Navy’s patrol ship NRP Setúbal as well as four merchant ships that were sailing in the area.

The Portuguese Air Force also took part in the evacuation operation.

Felicity Ace was expected to arrive in Rhode Island, US, on 23 February. It departed from Emden port in Germany on 10 February..

According to a report of German newspaper Handelsblatt, the ship was carrying 3,965 vehicles, including a number of Lamborghinis, Audis and Bentleys.

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The vessel had 22 crew members on board, all of whom have been rescued.

According to the Portuguese Navy, no one has been hurt by the fire. The crew members have been taken to a hotel.

The vessel is operated by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

The fire on the car carrier vessel has not led to an outbreak of pollution. The cause of the fire is being investigated.