Felicity Ace hearth ‘devastating’ to vehicle market, Ernie Boch Jr. says

Approximately a week immediately after its 22 crew members abandoned ship, the Felicity Ace auto carrier is “even now assumed to remain on hearth drifting south of the Azores Islands in the Atlantic,” in accordance to its supervisor MOL Ship Administration. 

In this undated picture delivered by the Portuguese Navy, smoke billows from the burning Felicity Ace vehicle transportation ship as found from the Portuguese Navy NPR Setubal ship southeast of the mid-Atlantic Portuguese Azores Islands. (Portuguese Navy by means of AP)

The Felicity Ace was originally scheduled to arrive in the Port of Davisville in Rhode Island on Feb. 23. The result in of the hearth remains unclear. 


Massachusetts car dealer Ernie Boch Jr. explained to FOX Business enterprise that he is the proprietor of 1 of the 12-cylinder Bentleys at this time aboard the ship.

“To shed a full ship is devastating,” Boch Jr. mentioned. “It can be devastating for the companies, devastating for the individuals that are on the ship, it really is devastating for the port in which the cars and trucks appear in, and it is also devastating to men and women that have purchased a vehicle, experienced been ready and dropped it at sea.”

According to an inside electronic mail from Volkswagen US attained by Bloomberg, the Felicity Ace is carrying a whole of 3,965 motor vehicles. Porsche verified to FOX Company that around 1,100 of its motor vehicles are on board, when Bentley claimed 189 of its autos were on board. Representatives for Volkswagen and Audi did not immediately return FOX Business’ request for comment. Lamborghini declined to remark.

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Possibility remedies company Russell estimates that the complete dollar value of merchandise on the Felicity Ace is about $438 million, with around $401 million of that determine designed up of cars and products motor vehicles. In accordance to the company’s analysis, the Felicity Ace’s fire could crank out at least $155 million in expected losses for the Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, and Lamborghini vehicles on board. 

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The incident arrives as the car field is presently feeling the ache from supply chain disruptions and the chip shortage.

“You’ve got received some makers at six, 7, eight times of stock. “You’ve got got to deliver that up to 30 or 40 days,” Boch Jr. described. “So not only is it going to be complicated to swap the automobiles, it can be heading to be tricky to rebuild the inventory.”

Massachusetts car dealer Ernie Boch Jr. advised FOX Company that he is the operator of a single of the 12-cylinder Bentleys aboard the Felicity Ace.  (REUTERS/Brian Snyder / Reuters Pics)

In accordance to an update from MOL Ship Administration, two huge tugs from Gibraltar arrived on the scene Tuesday and are spraying the Felicity Ace with drinking water to “obtain hull and boundary cooling.” In addition, the tugs will help to control the placement of the car or truck carrier prior to inspection by the first salvage staff now on web site. 

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“When disorders are safe and sound the salvage crew will board the Felicity Ace for an preliminary evaluation of potential salvage designs,​” the enterprise extra. 

Two salvage craft with supplemental firefighting and towing functionality are en route to the Felicity Ace and are predicted to get there on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.