Rescue work is set to get going unavoidably ready the Felicity Ace, a 650ft-long freight transport which burst into flames last week while moving 4000 VW Group vehicles from Germany to the US.
The fire began in the hold as the boat crossed the Atlantic Ocean, with 22 group individuals protected by the Portuguese Navy. It is hazy which models precisely were ready, however reports recommend Volkswagen, Bentley, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini had vehicles on the boat, with one American financial specialist assessing the expense of harms at $335 million (£247m).
It was bound for the US, cruising from Emden port in Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island, online trackers have said. The Portuguese Navy said last wek that four shipper ships were helping with the salvage close to the island of Faial in the Azores, alongside one of its own watch boats.
Lamborghini America CEO Andrea Baldi let Automotive News Europe know that the Urus represented the heft of Lamborghini models ready, however there were likewise Hurácan and Aventador client vehicles on the Felicity Ace and it is still up in the air what state they are in.
“We don’t as yet know the ultimate result. We likewise are sitting tight for true data for now,” Baldi told ANE. “We have illuminated our vendors, and they have illuminated our clients, since whatever occurs, regardless, there will be a postponement.”
The Aventador is sold out in front of creation finishing in the not so distant future, so any harmed vehicles might should be revamped, Baldi said. “The vehicle is sold out, so there is generally a chance out of 563 units that some crossing out can permit an Aventador substitution, however I like to expect the time being that essentially the couple of Aventadors on the boat will be protected,” he added.
Last week, Porsche posted a report following right after its ‘Your Dream’ shipment following help: “We’re mindful of an episode on board the Felicity Ace, a specific freight transport conveying specific Porsche vehicles. Your showroom will give you extra data on how this impacts you when we have extra data and know the full extent of the issue.”
In a different articulation to The Drive last Wednesday, Porsche said: “Our quick contemplations are of the 22 team of the trader transport Felicity Ace, every one of whom we comprehend are protected and well because of their salvage by the Portuguese Navy following reports of a fire ready.
“We accept some of our vehicles are among the freight on board the boat. No further subtleties of the particular vehicles impacted are accessible right now. We’re in close contact with the transportation organization and will share more data at the appointed time.”
Volkswagen in the interim likewise put out an announcement, saying it knew about an occurrence “including a freight transport shipping Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic. We are working with neighborhood specialists and the delivery organization to research the reason for the episode,” it proceeded.