Correction: According to the BBC, the Ever Given freighter is en route to the port of Felixstowe, England. Thanks for your comments!
If you’ve got an order for a new Ducati in Asia, you might have to wait a little longer. According to Visordown, the super freighter Ever Given is carrying Ducati cargo heading to Asia has only just been freed but will need to be inspected for damage before it can continue its journey.
The actual cause of the grounding is under investigation. There are reports that high winds during a sandstorm may be at least partially responsible.
According to Visordown’s report, an unnamed Ducati spokesperson said:
“We have goods in transit that probably will not respect the estimated delivery time due to the Suez accident, but to date, we have no news of an impact on the production lines”.
There isn’t any information about the number or types of Ducati cargo onboard the Ever Given. And, we don’t know for certain whether the containers hold complete bikes, Ducati parts, or both. The spokesperson’s reference to “production lines” seems to point more to parts than it does complete motorcycles. Regardless, it’s safe to say that some Ducati owners may have to wait a little longer for their machines.
Although the Ever Given is now free, it will not immediately re-commence its journey. Authorities say that the ship will undergo an inspection for damage before it can continue. How long it will take is presently unclear.
The Ever Given’s grounding is a reminder that much of the world’s commerce flows through a narrow waterway. Any hiccup in the system can mean that goods may not reach their destination on time. Currently, there is a backlog of about 400 ships which may take about a week to clear.