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After Carina was returned to the drop off location for shipment back to the United States, I found that one can track the progress of the journey. I was advised at the drop off location to contact my local dealer after 10 days or 2 weeks for information. This is not necessary as you can get more accurate information on the internet.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen is the shipping company that ships most or all SAABs. They also ship several other European cars to the US and Canada. Their website is http://www.2wglobal.com . You can look under schedules for an idea of possible shipping dates and you can look under tracking > auto cargo > enter VIN .
Once the ship has left Southampton (UK) and has been in open seas for about a day, the ship often radios the local weather and the ship's position to http://www.sailwx.info . There you can track the progress of your car as it travels across the North Atlantic.
The car was transported to the port of Brunswick, Georgia (USA) aboard the Wallenius Willhemsen ship, Boheme, pictured here. (permission kindly granted by Edward, webmaster of www.shipphotos.co.uk, click on the photo to see it uncropped)
Some ports have information on the arrival of ships. If your ship is passing through one of these ports, you can track your ship in a way that other websites (such as the sailwx.info does not). The Port of Charleston (South Carolina) website is: http://www.port-of-charleston.com/vessel_schedule.asp . The Boheme docked at Charleston on its way to Brunswick, GA.
Updated Jun 1, 2005
Website: http://www.w2global.com http://www.sailwx.info http://www.port-of-charleston.com/vessel_schedule.asp
Most tourists come to Trollhattan by car. However, it is possible to come by airplane. The airport is very compact and does not have long lines of passengers. Golden Air (http://www.goldenair.se) and Skyways (http://www.skyways.se) fly to the Trollhattan Vanersborg Airport, which is next to (but not within walking distance) of the SAAB car factory. Skyways flies the SAAB 340 airplane.
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Written May 13, 2005