The historic northern port of Tianjin, which suffered the devastating series of blasts on Wednesday 12 August, was conveying thousands of new vehicles from multiple manufacturers at the time the explosions took place.
‘Tianjin Port is one of three major locations in China through which Jaguar Land Rover imports vehicles,’ the company has said in a statement. ‘At the time of the explosion, approximately 5800 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 whilst we believe many of these vehicles may have been damaged, we are presently unable to quantify the numbers of units affected.’
There are also reports of over 8000 cars from other manufacturers being destroyed.
At least 123 people were killed in the Tianjin explosions, which are believed to have been caused by a chain of violent chemical reactions emanating from industrial chemicals stored in the port.
‘Jaguar Land Rover wishes to express its most profound condolences to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones in the explosions in Tianjin,’ the company said. ‘Our thoughts are with them as well as with all those who were injured in this tragic event.’