The boat departed the German port of Emden on Feb. 10 and was scheduled to reach in Davisville, R.I., on Feb. 23, in keeping with a posting on Marinetraffic.com. Greater than 100 of the automobiles on board had been headed for the Port of Houston in Texas.
The 650-foot-long, 106-foot-wide Felicity Ace was inbuilt 2005 and sails underneath a Panamanian flag, in keeping with the positioning.
A spokesman for Volkswagen Group of America mentioned the corporate is “conscious of an incident involving a third-party cargo ship transporting Volkswagen Group automobiles throughout the Atlantic. The vessel was on its approach to North America. Presently, we’re not conscious of any accidents. We’re involved with the delivery firm to get extra details about the incident.”
In an emailed assertion, Porsche mentioned: “Whereas it stays too early to verify what occurred and subsequent steps, we’re — together with our colleagues at Porsche AG — supporting our prospects and our sellers as greatest we will to search out options. Anybody involved by this incident and the implications on the automotive they’ve ordered ought to contact their Porsche seller.”
The incident might have long-reaching results on already-depleted inventories for VW Group manufacturers within the U.S. Apart from the Q5, Audi makes most of its U.S.-bound automobiles in Europe.
Lamborghini additionally would have automobiles on the ship, as does the Volkswagen model — though VW’s influence can be restricted to Golf R and GTI Arteon, and ID4s. TheDrive.com reported on the fireplace Wednesday, as did the Related Press.
It’s not the primary time VW Group has misplaced merchandise at sea. When the Grande America caught hearth and sank in 2019, greater than 2,000 luxurious vehicles, together with Audis and Porsches, sank with it.
Urvaksh Karkaria and Bloomberg contributed to this report.