Back on dry land… the cars stranded aboard stricken ship in the Solent

Time 11:12 am, January 28, 2015

IMG_2670SOME of the cars which were inside the rescued cargo ship Hoegh Osaka have now been retrieved from the vessel, having suffered varying degrees of damage.

The 51,000-tonne ship was run aground off the South Coast earlier this month and spent almost three weeks stranded on a sandbank in the Solent.

It ran into trouble when an excavator on board came loose and punched a hole in the hull.


The vessel had a cargo of 1,400 cars and more than 100 pieces of construction kit on board. The vehicles inside included 1,200 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles and 65 Minis.

A spokesman for Hoegh Autoliners said that most of the cars had survived without suffering any damage, while others had sustained minor dents and scratches.

A small number of the vehicles were thought to have spent time under water.

The full discharge process is expected to have been completed by the end of this week.

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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