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2022 Shipping Movements

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I thought I would start a new thread for 2022 on European bound ships carrying Teslas.
The first logical question is why on earth would anyone on a Tesla forum be interested in shipping?

The answer is because once you have ordered your revolutionary expensive new car you enter the Tesla blackout zone - a frustrating period of non-communication from Tesla when you have no idea of what is happening with your order. If you call them, they just say they 'are waiting for a match'. What does that mean? Tesla don't build Model 3/Ys to order - they build whatever they want and then match what has been ordered to what has been produced. This 'matching' usually happens around the time the car is loaded on to a ship. Aha! Shipping has suddenly become interesting!

All Model 3s for Europe are currently made in the Shanghai Gigafactory and are shipped to Zeebrugge, Belgium or Koper, Slovenia through the Suez Canal in a journey taking about 30 days. All Model 3s for the UK are currently shipped from Shanghai direct to Southampton.
Normally Tesla fully charter ships to transport their cars but during 2021 they supplemented the charters by using available space on scheduled services too. For 2022 Tesla have contracted Hyundai Glovis to supply a number of ships to deliver cars produced by the Shanghai Gigafactory.
Model Y for the UK will come from Shanghai in Q1 (Q2 onwards is meant to come from Berlin).
At the time of writing this, Berlin has yet to produce anything, nevermind ramped up, and so I expect Model Ys for Europe to continue to be shipped from Shanghai for Q1 and possibly in to Q2 too. [UPDATE May 22 - Don't expect MIG (Made in Germany) MY to be delivered to UK in 2022.]

If you are in Auz/NZ, shipments have so far been made on scheduled services from Shanghai. I will announce the departure of likely vessels on this thread but won't track them.
If you are in Dubai, your Model 3 will be loaded on to a ship that heads to Jebel Ali. Currently there is one shipment per quarter.
If you are in Israel, your car will be shipped to Ashdod and again currently there is one shipment per quarter.
If you are in Ireland your car is now shipped via Zeebrugge.

I mentioned Q1 earlier- this is because Tesla work in quarters with Q1 running from Jan to Mar. The Tesla business model requires as many cars as possible produced in a quarter to be paid for (delivered) in that same quarter.
This means that in Q1 the last ship will leave for Europe no later than around 18 Feb in order to allow for a 4 week transit to Southampton/Zeebrugge and then a (hectic) delivery push in the last 10 days or so of March. (A little later if shipping to Koper) It is logical then to expect to see a large number of export models for the UK/EU market to be clogging the Chinese production lines in January and early February. This explains the feast or famine nature of Tesla logistics. Elon has promised his staff that he will try to suppress the end of quarter wave. To an extent he has already succeeded in this - by moving all export production to China, the US domestic supply is now much more even throughout the quarter. For Europe, had Berlin come online when originally planned, the sombrero would have been flattened by 2022 Q1. Sadly, Berlin is late and so as a result I think the end of quarter push will continue to be a feature in Q1 (and probably Q2). [and Q3!]

There is an excellent spreadsheet populated with the latest (and historical) confirmed shipping information from a variety of sources - Tesla Carriers. It may be more of interest to you later as you become more engrossed in this subject! Did I mention it can become addictive?

Anyway, I think we can expect to see about 13 boatloads to Europe in Q1. [UPDATE May 22 4 or 5 in Q2, and 15 or 16 in Q3]
That begs the next question - how big are the boats? The standard ocean going vehicle carrier is 200 metres long and 32 metres wide and can fit about 5000 - 5500 cars onboard. A Tesla is larger and significantly heavier than a standard car and so a maximum of about 4500 cars are in each shipment. There are larger vessels that can transport more and I will make a point of mentioning it if a larger vessel is being used.

Anyway the plan is to post details of the latest Tesla shipping news for 2022 to this thread.

I expect at some time, possibly even later this year, Model S/X to resume shipping from the USA. Previously these models had a tortuous delivery route to UK and Europe by container to Tilburg in the Netherlands where they were reassembled for onward distribution.
Quite how they will be shipped when exports to UK/Europe is resumed is unknown but I think it likely that they will be shipped complete on a RoRo possibly from Pier 80 in San Francisco. We shall see...

There are a number of ship trackers you can use to follow the ships and www.marinetraffic.com is one with perhaps the best free coverage but there are plenty of others. The ships transmit a signal which is picked up by shore based receivers (mostly hosted by amateurs) and forwarded to the website. The trouble is that the signal is a VHF signal meaning the receiver has to be within line-of-sight and once the ship goes over the horizon to the receiver that's it, unless you pay for satellite coverage which is not cheap. With the aid of satellite tracking I will provide a daily update on exactly where each 'Tesla' ship is and provide an estimated time of arrival to Zeebrugge and Southampton (the UK port of entry for Tesla). I'll also try and add some background info which you may find interesting.

Correctly identfying Tesla ships from Shanghai is not easy and quite often a 'suspect' ship turns out to be a false alarm. There are other sites that claim to track Tesla ships but actually just track every possible ship that departs Shanghai, which is not particularly helpful. I at least try and rule out the improbable ones based on my experience. It helps enormously if when you 'chat' to Tesla about your order that you ask what ship your car is on or if they won't tell you the name, at least ask when it will arrive in Zeebrugge/Southampton. Please post your info to the thread or PM me!

You can help me and others by keeping any posts on this thread strictly to shipping related matters - questions about when to expect delivery, VINs and panel gaps have their own threads, which I have been known to visit and contribute to also.

I am posting this now because I think I may have in my sights the 1st ship of 2022 .....
 
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Many thanks for this. Super interesting. I’m hoping at some point you can identify YP’s heading to the UK. Maybe from Germany? How are cars from Germany expected to arrive to the UK? Cheers
I don't believe YP's are due until Q2 but I expect them to be shipped from Berlin via Zeebrugge to Southampton.
 
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GLOVIS SOLOMON is in my sights at the moment. She is currently loitering off Shanghai in a position that makes me think that she is going to head in to Luchao (also known as Shanghai South, Nangang, Hangzhou or Pier 4) This pier is the closest to the GF but has only been used a handful of times and GLOVIS SOLOMON will be the largest ship by far to use this pier to date.
Loading at this pier seems to be a lot slower than what we have become accustomed to at the usual ultra-efficient Haitong piers and so she could be alongside here for several days and not depart until the New Year.
I wouldn't be overly surprised if she heads to South Korea, however.....
 
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Hi Mr M, do you have any thoughts if Viking ocean is looking likely to be a Tesla ship?
I don't know to be honest but it wouldn't surprise me.
I was surprised the first time she was used by Tesla - she is a lot smaller than the ships that Tesla usually charter.
I can't find an itinerary for her and so I haven't a clue where she will head to after Shanghai.
 

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As the countdown to 2022 nears its close in Shanghai we have GLOVIS SOLOMON loading in LuChao and MORNING LISA loading in Haitong.
Although MORNING LISA will be departing for Europe (via Singapore) I have ruled her out from being a Tesla ship because of some details in her itinerary.
GLOVIS SOLOMON is a Tesla charter but her destination remains a mystery for the moment. She could head for Europe but she is just as likely to head to South Korea. We shall see.....
 

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I See Wuwa posted a new short video today, not hugely clear but I reckon they are RHD cars - you can just about make out the steering wheels as the transporters go by/ turn the corner.
I agree that the cars on the transporter that went straight ahead were RHD.
There is a ship, MORNING CLARA, due in to Shanghai on 2nd Jan which is heading to Australia so they may not necessarily be heading our way.
 
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Happy New Year.

GLOVIS SOLOMON continues to load at Shanghai South (aka Luchao, Shanghai South, Nangang....) and I'm informed that she can be expected to depart around lunchtime tomorrow (4am UK time). Her destination remains unknown at present.
I've searched the local anchorages for a ship that may replace her at that pier but found nothing.
 

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Happy New Year.

GLOVIS SOLOMON continues to load at Shanghai South (aka Luchao, Shanghai South, Nangang....) and I'm informed that she can be expected to depart around lunchtime tomorrow (4am UK time). Her destination remains unknown at present.
I've searched the local anchorages for a ship that may replace her at that pier but found nothing.
I don’t think I have ever been more excited over a thread than this one. Thanks for info and the anxiety. 🤞🏻
 
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Mr M, a question for you whilst we’re waiting if you don’t mind?

Why do we not have ships that just bring UK cars, rather than sharing with the rest of Europe? Surely it would make more sense for them to only make UK (RHD) cars for a little while and ship them all in one go on 2 or 3 ships then move on to LHD for Europe? Rather than swapping round what’s being made on the production lines.
 
Happy New Year.

GLOVIS SOLOMON continues to load at Shanghai South (aka Luchao, Shanghai South, Nangang....) and I'm informed that she can be expected to depart around lunchtime tomorrow (4am UK time). Her destination remains unknown at present.
I've searched the local anchorages for a ship that may replace her at that pier but found nothing.
Looks like Glovis Solomon is off to Korea
 
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Looks like Glovis Solomon is off to Korea
Yes. I can't say I'm overly surprised since I did name S Korea as a possible destination for her but we still need to keep an eye on where she heads to after S Korea as there may be an element of consolidation at work here. (The alternative for her is Chile, in which case we can say she is not a Tesla vessel)
To be completely honest I was expecting her to head to Pyeongteuk and not Gwangyang.
 
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