The first of the hundreds of cars which made up the cargo of the rescued car carrier Hoegh Osaka have started to be off-loaded.
Four tugs towed the 51,000-tonne ship back into Southampton Port last Thursday after it had become stranded for a total of 19 days off the Hampshire coast.
A spokesman for ship owners Hoegh Autoliners said that most of the cars had survived unscathed, while some had suffered dents and scratches.
An excavator had shifted punching a hole in the hull causing 3,000 tonnes of water to flood some of the car decks. The spokesman said that the condition of cars in this area was not yet known although "a small number" were under water.
They were unloading the cargo for most of today, that involved driving the vehicles off, primarily the cars, some Minis and Land Rovers, but not much of the heavy equipment has moved off yet.
"They are expecting the full discharge process to be finished by the end of this week or by early next week depending on how quickly they can get them off.
An attempt could be made tomorrow to refloat a car carrier which was deliberately stranded on a sandbank.
It's been revealed the 51,000 tonne car transporter, Heogh Oskar, was in danger of capsizing in one of the UK's busiest shipping lanes.