Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

$53M in Luxury Vehicles Destroyed After Cargo Ship Takes on 3,000 Tons of Water

A cargo ship, heading to the Middle East with 1400 luxury vehicles, started taking on water near the Isle of Wright in Hampshire, England 45 minutes after leaving port.

The 590-foot-long Singapore-registered Hoegh Osaka left Southampton on January 3, just after 8pm.

Hoegh Osaka takes on water



Once the ship began tipping dangerously to one side, the captain made the decision to run it aground. This action prevented the ship from sinking, potentially saving the lives of 25 crew members on board, who were later rescued by helicopter, reported myfirstclasslife.com. After that, one of the UK’s leading maritime salvage firms was brought in to quickly plug the hole. The mission was to bring the ship somewhat upright, and tow it to shore.

Some 3,000 tons of water flooded into the ship during the accident, and had to be pumped into empty fuel tanks on board the vessel to help bring it upright, reported myfirstclasslife.com. Authorities made the decision to tow the stricken ship back to Southampton to begin rescue operations on the luxury vehicles trapped inside.

Because the ship wasn’t completely flooded, a portion of the vehicles were salvageable. However, regardless of the captain’s actions, the $53M shipment degraded heavily once the damages were calculated. Other cargo included tens of millions of dollars worth of heavy duty agricultural equipment bound for Germany.

Two-hundred damaged Land Rovers were removed from the cargo ship by the UK’s leading maritime salvage firms.



Despite some mishaps in bringing the ship ashore, including a salvage boat accidentally ramming the side and puncturing another hole in it, the Hoegh Osaka arrived in the Southampton port upright, reported myfirstclasslife.com.

Authorities and company executives gained access to the cargo hold to survey the damage, finding nearly 200 completely damaged Land Rovers which they plan to repair if possible, myfirstclasslife.com reported.