An enormous auto transport ship that repeatedly delivers Porsches, Audis, Bentleys, Volkswagens from Europe to the U.S. is on hearth and adrift within the Atlantic.
In response to an inside Volkswagen Group electronic mail obtained by Bloomberg, 3,965 U.S.-bound automobiles are aboard. About 1,100 Porsches and 189 new Bentleys, a number of U.S.-based spokespeople for group manufacturers confirmed to Automotive Information.
The ship is greater than a thousand miles off the coast of Portugal, and its crew of twenty-two has been safely evacuated by different vessels, together with the Portuguese navy.
The boat departed the German port of Emden on Feb. 10, and was scheduled to reach in Davisville, Rhode Island, on Feb. 23, in response to a posting on Marinetraffic.com. Greater than 100 of the automobiles on board have been headed for Port of Houston in Texas.
The 650-foot-long, 106-foot-wide Felicity Ace was in-built 2005 and sails beneath a Panamanian flag, in response to the positioning.
A spokesman for Volkswagen Group of America stated 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 solution to North America. At the moment, 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 stated: “Whereas it stays too early to verify what occurred and subsequent steps, we’re — together with our colleagues at Porsche AG — supporting our clients and our sellers as finest we will to search out options. Anybody involved by this incident and the implications on the automobile they’ve ordered ought to contact their Porsche supplier.”
The incident may have far-reaching results on already depleted inventories for VW Group manufacturers within the U.S. Aside from the Q5, Audi makes most of its U.S.-bound automobiles in Europe.
A spokesperson for Lamborghini’s U.S. operation declined to touch upon the variety of automobiles the corporate had on board or which fashions have been affected, however stated that they’re involved with the delivery firm to get extra details about the incident.
VW’s impression could be restricted to Golf R and GTI Arteon, and ID4s. TheDrive.com reported on the hearth 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, over 2,000 luxurious automobiles, together with Audi and Porsche, sank with it.
Urvaksh Karkaria and Bloomberg contributed to this report.