THIS is an image of a car cargo ship that tipped on to its side in the Solent is looking this morning.
The 51,000-tonne Hoegh Osaka car transporter was on its way to Germany when it ran into trouble near to the Isle of Wight.
Last night 25 crew members were airlifted off the 180-metre ship, which is currently listing at about 45 degrees.
Crews said no water is on board the vessel.
Now the coastguard is checking the ship to see how best to recover it.
Steve Carson, National Maritime operations centre commander, said: ‘All of the crew have been accounted for and other then a couple of non-life-threatening injuries, everyone is safe and well.
‘The investigation will follow and the authorities have been informed at this time. I will not speculate on the circumstances.
‘The salvage operations have commenced. Not the removal of the vessel but the plans for its removal. We will have to wait until daylight to fully assess.
‘The owners have appointed salvage operators and did so quite swiftly.’
As reported, the ship left Southampton at 8.21pm on Saturday, but at 9.21pm it ran aground north of Cowes, near the Isle of Wight, and began listing to one side.
The Solent Coastguard helicopter based in Lee-on-the-Solent was called, along with lifeboats from Calshot, Cowes and Yarmouth.
The coastguard airlifted 25 crew members from the ship.
South Central Ambulance Service was called shortly before 10pm to the coastguard base in Lee-on-the-Solent and sent the Hazardous Area Response Team, three ambulance officers, three ambulances and three patient transport service vehicles.
In total 22 men were assessed and three were taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, with non life-threatening injuries.
The owners of the vessel Hoegh Autoliners said in a statement: ‘Hoegh Autoliners is currently assessing damage and stability issues on board its vessel the Hoegh Osaka which suffered a heavy list after leaving Southampton Port.
‘Hoegh Autoliners’ primary concern has been for the crew on board and it has been confirmed that one crew member has been injured and he was airlifted to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth with non life-threatening injuries.
‘The remaining crew have been taken to HMS Daedalus by helicopter and will be accommodated.’
A small number of senior officers remained on board, however they were also carried away to safety last night.
The statement added: ‘The Marine Accident Incident Branch has been informed.
‘Two Svitzer tugs and two further Solent-based tugs are presently in attendance by the vessel.
‘The crew have confirmed that the vessel is not taking in any water and they are presently in a stable position with current list.
‘A salvage master has been appointed and Hoegh Autoliners are fully co-operating with all the authorities at this time to ensure the vessel remains safe. No pollution has been reported.’