A cargo ship called the Hoegh Osaka carrying mainly new cars out of Southampton, UK has run aground in the English Channel in between England and the Isle of Wight.
The big vessel weighing 57,000 tons got in trouble just 45 minutes after leaving Southampton port, listing heavily to the starboard side before the crew deliberately ran it on Bramble Bank to prevent the worst.
The vessel is reportedly filled to approximately one-third its capacity and has 1,400 vehicles on board. 1,200 of those are Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, 65 Mini models and one Rolls-Royce Wraith. Around 80 pieces of construction equipment by JCB were also on board.
The Hoegh Osaka was on its way from southern British port of Southampton to Bremerhaven, Germany and after that to Middle East where the cars were destined. Very likely the vessel was suppose to pick up “few” German engineered cars.
The crew was safely airlifted by helicopter and a lifeboat. The cars on board are all likely damaged heavily as the vessel is tilted around 50 degrees to the starboard side.
Current attempts to free the ship with tugboats have failed and Maritime and Coastguard Agency are waiting for more favourable high tides to try again.
It looks like this disaster has turned into a new tourist object as there are plenty of small boats near the vessel and those who can’t come that close have filled nearby parking lots to see it from the beach.
via: Daily Mail