Cargo ship carrying 1,400 Bentleys and Rolls-Royces deliberately grounded to stop it from capsizing

By Drum Digital
05 January 2015

A cargo ship carrying 1,400 luxury cars was deliberately grounded off the Isle of Wight, in the UK, to stop it from capsizing, according to the owner.

The Hoegh Osaka was run aground on Saturday evening after developing problems once it had left Southampton, Ingar Skiaker, chief executive of Hoegh Autoliners said. The ship is now listing at more than 50 degrees and a salvage operation is expected to take several days. However, no oil is thought to have leaked from the ship.

An investigation has now begun into why 52,000 tonne car transporter, developed problems and started 'severely' listing shortly after leaving the Port of Southampton.

Skiaker, has praised the 'great skill and seamanship' of the pilot and master, who took the decision to steer the ship into Bramble Bank on Saturday night to prevent it from capsizing.

But Nick Ridehalgh from Associated British Ports said that it was possible that human error could have played a part.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk  &  BBC

Pictures courtesy of  AP

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