Salvage work is due to begin shortly aboard the Felicity Ace, a 650ft long freighter which caught fire last week while transporting 4,000 VW Group vehicles from Germany to the United States.
The fire broke out in the hold as the ship crossed the Atlantic Ocean, with 22 crew members rescued by the Portuguese Navy. It’s unclear exactly which models were on board, but reports suggest Volkswagen, Bentley, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini had cars on the boat, with a US economist estimating the cost of damage at $335m (£247m). sterling).
It was destined for the United States, sailing from the port of Emden in Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island, online trackers said. The Portuguese Navy said last week that four merchant ships were taking part in the rescue near the island of Faial in the Azores, along with one of its own patrol boats.
Lamborghini America CEO Andrea Baldi told Automotive News Europe that the Urus represents the bulk of the Lamborghini models on board, but there are also Hurácan and Aventador customer cars on the Felicity Ace and it remains to be seen. determine what state they are in.
“We don’t know the final result yet. We are also awaiting official information at the moment,” Baldi told ANE. “We informed our dealers, and they informed our customers, because whatever happens, there will be a delay anyway.
The Aventador is sold out before production ends later this year, so any damaged cars may need to be rebuilt, Baldi said. “The car is sold out, so there is always a chance out of 563 units that a cancellation could allow for an Aventador replacement, but I prefer to hope for now that at least the few Aventadors on the ship will be safe,” did he declare. added.
Last week, Porsche posted an update on its ‘Track Your Dream’ shipment tracking service: “We are aware of an incident on board the Felicity Ace, a specialist freighter carrying certain Porsche vehicles. Your dealer will provide you with additional information on how this affects you as soon as we have additional information and know the full extent of the problem.”
In a separate statement to The Drive last Wednesday, Porsche said: “Our immediate thoughts are with the 22 crew members of the merchant vessel Felicity Ace, all of whom we understand are safe following their rescue by the Portuguese Navy following reports of a fire on board.
“We believe that a number of our cars are part of the cargo on board the vessel. No further details on the specific cars affected are available at this time. We are in close contact with the shipping company and will share further details. timely information.”
Meanwhile, Volkswagen also released a statement, saying it was aware of an incident “involving a freighter transporting Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic. We are working with local authorities and the shipping company to investigate. on the cause of the incident,” he continued.