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Cargo ship fire strands thousands of U.S.-bound VW Group vehicles in Atlantic Ocean

A massive vehicle transportation ship that often delivers Porsches, Audis, Bentleys, Volkswagens from Europe to the U.S. is on fire and adrift in the Atlantic.

In accordance to an internal Volkswagen Group electronic mail obtained by Bloomberg, 3,965 U.S.-certain automobiles are aboard. About 1,100 Porsches and 189 new Bentleys, various U.S.-based spokespeople for group brands confirmed to Automotive News.

The ship is extra than a thousand miles off the coast of Portugal, and its crew of 22 has been safely and securely evacuated by other vessels, which include the Portuguese navy.

The boat departed the German port of Emden on Feb. 10, and was scheduled to arrive in Davisville, R.I., on Feb. 23, according to a publishing on Marinetraffic.com. More than 100 of the autos on board were headed for Port of Houston in Texas.

The 650-foot-extensive, 106-foot-broad Felicity Ace was created in 2005 and sails below a Panamanian flag, according to the site.

A spokesman for Volkswagen Group of The usa claimed the business is “mindful of an incident involving a third-get together cargo ship transporting Volkswagen Team motor vehicles throughout the Atlantic. The vessel was on its way to North The united states. At this time, we are not mindful of any accidents. We are in get in touch with with the delivery corporation to get more info about the incident.”

In an emailed assertion, Porsche claimed: “When it continues to be way too early to verify what happened and future methods, we are – along with our colleagues at Porsche AG – supporting our buyers and our dealers as best we can to obtain methods. Any individual anxious by this incident and the implications on the motor vehicle they’ve requested should make contact with their Porsche vendor.”

The incident could have prolonged-reaching results on already depleted inventories for VW Group makes in the U.S. With the exception of the Q5, Audi makes most of its U.S.-bound automobiles in Europe.

Lamborghini also would have motor vehicles on the ship, as does the Volkswagen brand — though VW’s effect would be minimal to Golfing R and GTI Arteon, and ID4s. TheDrive.com described on the hearth Wednesday, as did the Related Push.

It is not the first time VW Group has misplaced items at sea. When the Grande The us caught fire and sank in 2019, over 2,000 luxury cars, which include Audi and Porsche, sank with it.

Urvaksh Karkaria and Bloomberg contributed to this report.