Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has confirmed that the sports activities automobile model misplaced greater than 1000 buyer vehicles when the cargo ship taking them to the US final month caught hearth and sank. 

The Felicity Ace was transporting round 4000 Volkswagen Group vehicles from the Emden port in Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island, earlier than a fireplace began within the maintain from an as-yet unknown supply. All 22 crew members have been safely rescued by the Portuguese Navy. 

Salvage work was beneath technique to get well the 650ft-long ship after the fireplace had been extinguished, however it listed to starboard earlier than sinking on 1 March, resulting from structural points brought on by the fireplace and tough seas, according to its supervisor. An investigation into the reason for the fireplace is beneath method, and there was no indication of whether or not the blaze took maintain within the engine room or in one of many vehicles. 

Talking forward of the corporate’s annual outcomes name, Blume mentioned: “Sadly, the ship sunk and we had over 1000 vehicles on the ship. Now it is as much as us to get well the manufacturing whereas we’re confronted with all of the challenges: semiconductors, the availability chain – particularly with the Ukrainian conflict – however we’re used to working with challenges during the last two years.”

The model gave no specifics with regard to which Porsche fashions have been on the boat, nor a timeframe for his or her alternative. The agency was already affected by manufacturing delays on account of provide chain shortages caused by the conflict in Ukraine. 

Affirmation of Porsche’s losses comes shortly after VW Group luxurious manufacturers Bentley and Lamborghini pledged to switch their very own buyer vehicles that have been destroyed.

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann instructed reporters forward of the annual Audi Group convention that the model was transport 15 Aventador fashions stateside on the boat – all from the run-out Ultimae collection, restricted to 350 coupés and 250 roadsters.

The Italian model had beforehand stopped taking orders for the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae after allocating all examples, elevating questions as as to whether it could have the ability to change the misplaced vehicles. However Winkelmann mentioned: “We put our heads collectively and fortuitously we’re capable of change these vehicles, so there will probably be no loss for our prospects within the US as a result of sunken ship.”

Costs for the Aventador Ultimae have been estimated to start out from round £400,000, which put the potential loss from these vehicles alone at £6 million no less than. The corporate has not mentioned how lengthy it would take to switch the vehicles.