Felicity Ace Manifest Shows Staggering Loss of Vehicles
The Felicity Ace Manifest appears on a global import database and lists what was onboard.Top Gear Netherlands claims to have a manifest that lists even more cars. The Felicity Ace caught fire and sank, taking with it about 4000 cars worth about $400 million.Building cars is hard, especially now. Automakers and suppliers are facing difficult supply shortages all over the globe, which makes building cars an even bigger challenge. You’d think that shipping the manufactured cars would be as simple as loading them on a boat and unloading the precious cargo at the port of destination. Unfortunately, as we saw with the fire on the Felicity Ace, that isn’t always the case.Though, the speculation about what was damaged or lost on Felicity Ace’s journey can be somewhat answered. The ship’s manifest has made its way to the internet, which gives a good idea as to how many cars were destroyed in transit. Of course, these shipping manifests aren’t always specific, and Porsche only lists the factories where its models were made on the manifest instead of the vehicle models.This manifest shows Porsche lost 340 vehicles from the following factories: Zuffenhausen, Leipzig, and Bratislava. These factories represent the bulk of Porsche production: the 911, 718 Boxster and Cayman, Macan, Panamera, Cayenne, and the all-electric Taycan. The manifest also shows Audi lost 481 cars, which weighed 2,250,051 pounds.The Volkswagen brand lost 121 cars, Lamborghini lost 21 cars, and Bentley lost 25. For all these Volkswagen Group brands, the losses are staggering. More Manufacturing Problems Why Do Car Carriers Have So Much Trouble? Rivian Warns of Ukraine War Effect on EV Business Tesla Idles Giga Shanghai as City Locks Down These manufacturer-shipped vehicles aren’t the only machines that were lost at sea. The 65th 1996 Honda Prelude was listed on the available manifest, as well as a 2007 BMW 7-Series, a 2015 Ford Mustang and a 2015 Porsche Cayenne. The manifest also lists heavy machinery such as winches, disc mowers, and more.The collective value of the vehicles lost was estimated at $400 million.The folks at Top Gear Netherlands point out that this might not be the complete manifest. Top Gear apparently has access to a more complete manifest that lists even more carnage, though that manifest isn’t available.The Felicity Ace took hundreds of cars into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. If a salvage operation is pursued—particularly to mitigate potential environmental hazards—it will likely take years to complete.
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