Drone Footage Shows Grounded Car Transporter In Rough Shape

The new footage shows how tugboats and other members of the salvage team circle the Hoegh Osaka that was run aground off the Isle of Wight on Saturday evening after it started to list.

While the container ship was only loaded about one third with 4,600 tonnes of cargo, the BBC reports she still left the port with roughly 1,400 cars onboard, 1,200 of which were Land Rovers accompanied by 65 Minis and some heavy construction equipment including cranes, trailers and excavators.

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The salvage teams have boarded the unlucky vessel that's now listing at 52 degrees, and while none of the 500 tonnes of diesel oil is leaking, they say it will still take days to fix the damage.

An investigation has been launched to determine why the cargo ship began listing.

Somebody from the rescued crew of 25 should have a clue.

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I spent 11 years working on vessels like this, both unloading and loading cars, trucks and pretty much anything that could move and fit in the entrance. So long as the stevedores (longshoremen in the USA) did their job properly, none of the vehicles on board should have moved more than a few inches. The apparatus for securing should be rated at about 4x the mass of each piece, whether it be a Mini, or a Cat D9.

So long as there is no significant water ingress, there should be no major issues with the vehicles onboard.

FWIW, this ship is NOT a container vessel, but a dedicated PCTC - pure car and truck carrier, capable of carrying a maximum of around 5200 average size sedans.