A automobile transport ship carrying 1000’s of Porsche and Volkswagen (VW) vehicles to the US caught hearth and drifted into the mid-Atlantic on Feb. 16, based on the Portuguese Navy.

Whereas 22 crew members on board the ships have been evacuated, the destiny of the autos onboard is unsure. The ship, referred to as the Felicity Ace, is able to transporting 4,000 autos at a time, based on a press release from VW.

How the Felicity Ace ended up adrift

The transport ship was en path to the port of Davisville, Rhode Island from Emden, Germany when it issued a misery sign concerning a reported hearth in considered one of its cargo decks.

Rescued crew members have been transported to Portugal’s Failal Island. The Felicity Ace, in the meantime, is adrift within the mid-Atlantic ready to be towed to the closest shelter, based on the vessel monitoring web site FleetMon.

Shortly after the accident was reported, automobile blogger Matt Farah stated he acquired a name from his supplier informing him the Porsche he had ordered was on board. Porsche clients on web boards additionally started to take a position their orders had been affected.

Volkswagen Group, which owns Porsche, acknowledged in a press release the Felicity Ace was transporting its autos however didn’t specify how US clients could be affected. A spokesperson for Porsche advised Quartz it was involved with the transport firm, and that it nonetheless has no particulars of what occurred to the vehicles.

He stated it’s too early to find out Porsche’s subsequent steps, however added the corporate is dedicated to “supporting our clients and our sellers as finest we are able to to seek out options.”

One other provide chain snag

If the autos onboard Felicity Ace have been broken, it might current one other headache for Volkswagen as it really works via ongoing provide chain snarls tied to the coronavirus pandemic. The automaker delivered 4.5% fewer vehicles final 12 months in comparison with 2020, and stated final month it expects provide chain bottlenecks to stay unstable throughout the first half of this 12 months.

Porsche, at the least, has some expertise managing a fiasco like this, albeit on a comparatively small scale: It restarted manufacturing to switch 4 $300,000 sports activities vehicles misplaced at sea in 2019.