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105 JCB machines on board listing cargo ship Hoegh Osaka

More than 100 JCB machines with a value running into millions of pounds are stranded on the cargo ship Hoegh Osaka, which was deliberately grounded off the south coast of England.

The vessel was grounded by its crew on Saturday (3 Dec) when it began listing shortly after leaving Southampton.

105 brand new JCB machines are on the ship, including 33-tonne and 50-tonne tracked excavators, along with hundreds of road vehicles.

It is not yet known how badly the ship’s cargo has been damaged.

Speaking at a press conference in Southampton this afternoon about the planned salvage operation, Bram Sperling from salvors Svitzer said that some of the machinery on board the ship had “shifted”, although most of the cars had remained in place.

Mr Sperling added that an excavator had punctured a hole in deck six - the floor immediately above the cargo.

A JCB spokesman said: “We are awaiting further information from the shipping carrier about the current status of the machines and any plans they may have for retrieval.”

The new JCB units were bound for dealers in the Middle East.



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