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post #1 of 15 Old 01-05-2015, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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http://www.autoblog.com/2015/01/05/c...land-rover-uk/


Cargo ship carrying 1,200 Jaguars and Land Rovers deliberately run aground





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A cargo ship carrying a load of new cars out of Southampton has run aground in the English Channel in between England and the Isle of Wight. The vessel apparently suffered some sort of failure just 45 minutes after leaving port that caused it to list heavily to the starboard side before the crew deliberately beached it on Bramble Bank to prevent the ship from capsizing altogether.

The vessel, called the Hoegh Osaka, is a 590-foot car carrier weighing some 57,000 tons and registered in Singapore. Although several automakers (including Honda and Bentley) were reportedly looking into whether they had cars on board, the vessel is said to have been filled to approximately one-third its capacity, with 1,400 vehicles on board including 1,200 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, 65 Mini models and one Rolls-Royce Wraith. 70 to 80 pieces of construction equipment were also said to be on board. The Hoegh Osaka was en route from the southern British port of Southampton to Bremerhaven, Germany.

Fortunately, no major injuries have been reported. The crew was mostly airlifted by helicopter off of the beached ship, with two crew members evacuated by lifeboat. One crew member reportedly jumped over 25 feet off the ship into the water before being immediately retrieved by rescue workers. According to the Daily Mail, two crew members were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including a broken leg.

It may take several days, if not longer, to extract the vessel from the sand bank and ascertain the damage to the ship and its cargo. An early attempt to free the ship with tugboats failed, meaning that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency may have to wait until more favorable high tides to try again before towing the ship back into the port.

Bramble Bank, where the vessel was run aground, is a well-known obstacle to maritime navigators. The Queen Elizabeth 2 ran aground there in November 2008 with 1,700 passengers on board, but was quickly freed by four tugboats and was able to continue on its way. Two local yacht clubs also play a cricket match there every year at low tide. The vessel's operator, Hoegh Autoliners, praised the skill and quick thinking of the crew in acting to prevent the ship's capsizing by running her aground on the soft, sandy shoal.
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That sucks big time, thankfully crew members got out safely!
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I'm glad everyone got out safely. That could be a big blow to Jaguar. A lot of people might be getting a notice saying that their XE is going to be delayed. At least this is through no fault of jaguar so people can't be that upset at Jaguar.



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I'm glad everyone got out safely. That could be a big blow to Jaguar. A lot of people might be getting a notice saying that their XE is going to be delayed. At least this is through no fault of jaguar so people can't be that upset at Jaguar.
I was just thinking about this delay...

According to the Internet, the XE factory is capable of producing 160.000 cars per year when running three shifts. Jaguar started with one shift, so let's say 50.000 cars/year. With approx. 250 working days a year this means 200 cars/day. With an 8 hour dayshift this means 25 cars/hour. The factory is capable of producing a car every 70 seconds, so this calculation seems right..

So, when the ship carried 1200 XE's (don't think so), this would mean a 6 days delay (200 cars per day). Or am I wrong?

BUT: My dealer told me that no XE's where shipped yet?

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By that math, hopefully it's along the lines of what you're saying, it would be an easy delay for owners to deal with.
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I also recently read an article that says that the cars aboard the ship may still be okay. Check out the article here --> http://news.boldride.com/2015/01/lux...5475-338708021

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Eric Williams of the Williams Shipping company, which is working with rescuers to help free the vessel, told the BBC News that the vehicles were all well strapped down and not nearly as damaged as initially feared. “We were told that the cars were still strapped down in position, which is incredible. We understand that some of the heavy machinery has moved.”


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Not bad at all. I actually do recall seeing a video a while back showing how vehicle get transported by ship. They're strapped down similar to how they are on a dyno at times.
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I also found these photos of the shipwreck that are quite beautiful.



















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Those are some greats shots, especially the shots of it at night.
Would have been surprised if photographers didn't take advantage of this photo op
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