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A cargo ship carrying a load of new cars out of Southampton has run aground in the English Channel in between England and the Isle of Wight. The vessel apparently suffered some sort of failure just 45 minutes after leaving port that caused it to list heavily to the starboard side before the crew deliberately beached it on Bramble Bank to prevent the ship from capsizing altogether.

The vessel, called the Hoegh Osaka, is a 590-foot car carrier weighing some 57,000 tons and registered in Singapore. Although several automakers (including Honda and Bentley) were reportedly looking into whether they had cars on board, the vessel is said to have been filled to approximately one-third its capacity, with 1,400 vehicles on board – including 1,200 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, 65 Mini models and one Rolls-Royce Wraith. 70 to 80 pieces of construction equipment were also said to be on board. The Hoegh Osaka was en route from the southern British port of Southampton to Bremerhaven, Germany.

Fortunately, no major injuries have been reported. The crew was mostly airlifted by helicopter off of the beached ship, with two crew members evacuated by lifeboat. One crew member reportedly jumped over 25 feet off the ship into the water before being immediately retrieved by rescue workers. According to the Daily Mail, two crew members were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including a broken leg.

It may take several days, if not longer, to extract the vessel from the sand bank and ascertain the damage to the ship and its cargo. An early attempt to free the ship with tugboats failed, meaning that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency may have to wait until more favorable high tides to try again before towing the ship back into the port.
Read full article w/ video: http://www.autoblog.com/2015/01/05/cargo-ship-aground-jaguar-land-rover-uk/
 

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It's really great they were able to prevent it from fully capsizing, must be a very experienced and quick-thinking crew! Hopefully the cars aren't all ruined, I'd be upset if I was waiting on an order, especially the wraith.
 

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Damm! They just called!! My Wraith has been delayed!! :fall:
 

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I've been following this story locally as I was down that way earlier in the year - the normal deep water channel does have a sharp left turn (in ship terms) at the West Bramble marker buoy at the west end of the sandbank so all ships list normally as they go round - my guess is that one of the big contractors vehicles wasn't chained down properly and broke loose during the hard turn and the knock-on effect moved too many vehicles to the one side and the list became abnormal - but an excellently executed grounding by the captain and harbour pilot - too good maybe as they can't yet figure how to get her off the sandbank.

The ship was only lightly loaded, about 1/3 capacity.

On a note of trivia, a cricket match is played every year on Bramble Bank between a team from the mainland and one from the Isle of Wight - the teams take it turns to win because the incoming tide always stops play!
 

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Heard today that all $50 million worth of vehicles is likely to be scrapped. Damn shame.
They should donate the lot to Detroiters who can't/won't pay their water bills. Pick a number.
 

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What a shame!

The cars on that ship were all to be sent to DC, as New Years Bonuses for IRS employees.
 
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