Stricken cargo ship back in port

Salvage crews have managed to board a huge cargo ship stranded on the Solent after it was deliberately ran aground.

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The £60 million cargo being unloaded from Hoegh Osaka

Combine harvesters are among the vehicles being unloaded Credit: PA

Work continues on the carrier Hoegh Osaka which is moored at Berth 101 at Southampton Port.

The Singapore-registered vessel, which has a cargo of 1,400 cars and 105 pieces of construction equipment, worth an estimated £60 million, was beached deliberately on Bramble Bank sandbank, near Southampton, on January 3 after it began listing as it left port.

The carrier docked in Southampton Credit: PA
Crews have been working round the clock Credit: PA

A large stone cutter machine weighing more than 30 tonnes was in the way of crews being able to remove other cargo from the ship, which also includes JCB construction equipment.

Once moved, it is likely the other vehicles can be driven off under their own power, a spokesperson from Hoegh Autoliners said.

"It is still too early to say more about the status of the cargo. Once the vehicles have been landed, proper cargo surveys will take place by the cargo owners and their surveyors."

– Hoegh Autoliners spokesman

The company hope the discharge operation will be over by the end of the week.

An investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch is underway.

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