Saved from a Watery Grave: Land Rovers and Jaguars Survive Near-Capsized Cargo Ship

Jaguars, Land Rovers

You surely remember the news about a ship stranded and flipped over at sea that was full of cars and which the British tabloid even speculated that the 10 percent of Bentley’s annual production was affected. After been assured that there are none of the company’s products aboard the car carrier that has partially capsized and run aground in the English Channel, the cargo ship carrying the vehicles earlier this month has finally reached the port.

What really did happen was a large delay in delivery of Jaguar, Land Rover and Mini’s. Around 1200 JLR products and 65 Minis aboard the Höegh Osaka that was sitting at a 50-degree angle on the Bramble Bank sandbank near Southampton. According to the ship’s owners, Höegh Autoliners, the 51,000-ton vessel “developed a severe list shortly after she left port, and the pilot and the master took the decision to save the vessel and its crew by grounding her on the bank.

Jaguars, Land Rovers

Many of the brand new cars onboard that have reached mainland were pretty much undamaged, with some even having been driven out under their own power. The images that were aquired by the U.K. Daily Mail, clearly show many of the other cars that were onboard and have suffered damage far beyond the point of repair.

Knowing and seeing the 51,000-ton Höegh Osaka cargo ship was strangled well over a  month at a 60-degree angle on a sandbank, and really expected to see more damage but miraculously there is little harm done. The Painstaking good job the salvage crew did to that rebalanced the vessel were just a month earlier the staff of the cargo ship decided to ground the ship when it was caught up in a ordeal after leaving the docks at Southampton.

A spokesman for Höegh Autoliners told the BBC that the ship itself has suffered minimal damage, and we can rest assured that the company will not be handed a big check from the insurance company. What’s known about the cars onboard that were visibly more damaged than others will likely be discarded from the market, rather than to be repaired and shipped again to the retailers.


The cold fact is that most automakers often refuse to deliver cars that have suffered significant damage before actual registration, and of course the undamaged vehicles will after all finally make it to their intended destinations, and all with a three week delay that luckily for the both companies didn’t end up to be a big tragedy.

Sources: Car and Driver, photos Daily Mail


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