A stranded ship off the coast of the Isle of Wight contains 1,200 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, a spokesman has confirmed to Motoring Research.
The Hoegh Osaka car transporter was deliberately grounded on the Bramble Bank in the Solent on Sunday evening, after fears it would capsize as it left port.
A Jaguar spokesman told us: “We can confirm that we do have roughly 1,200 Jaguar and Land Rover products aboard the stricken ship. Until such time as the salvage operation can safely begin, we can tell you nothing further about the implications for the cargo. However, the most important consideration is that the crew are safe and well.”
The 51,000 tonne car carrier was reportedly heading to Germany when problems arose. A major rescue operation was carried out by the coastguard and RNLI, with 25 crew members needing assistance.
It’s not known which models are stuck on the ship – but they could include models of Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport Freelander replacement. It’s believed that the ship was carrying 1,400 cars in total – with some rumoured to be expensive Rolls-Royces and Bentleys.