JLR confirms it may have lost 6,000 cars in Tianjin explosion

Tianjin Port, prior to the explosions which caused significant damage. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.
Tianjin Port, prior to the explosions which caused significant damage (image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons).

Jaguar Land Rover has released a statement confirming that nearly 6,000 vehicles had recently been shipped to China and were being stored at Tianjin.

A massive explosion ripped through a shipyard in the Chinese port city of Tianjin on August 12.

Located in the city’s Binhai New Area, the port is the tenth largest shipping facility in the world and serves as the primary port for the Beijing area.

In a statement, Jaguar Land Rover expressed its most profound condolences to the families and friends of those who were injured and lost loved ones in the tragic event.

The automotive manufacturer said: “Tianjin Port is one of three major locations in China through which Jaguar Land Rover imports vehicles.

“At the time of the explosion, approximately 5,800 vehicles that had recently been shipped to China were stored at various locations in Tianjin.  However, access to facilities near the site of the explosion remains restricted and so while we believe many of these vehicles may have been damaged, we are presently unable to quantify the numbers of units affected.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and work to minimise the impact on our customers and the business.”