LUXURY cars worth £30 million have been saved from the stricken car transporter Hoegh Osaka.
The huge vessel had been stranded in The Solent off Lee-on-the-Solent for almost for three weeks when she was deliberately grounded on a sandbank after developing a 52-degree list.
But experts today disclosed that only a small number of vehicles are expected to have suffered water damage.
All of the cargo, which includes the cars and other equipment, will be taken off the ship by the end of this week or early next week, according to Hoegh Autoliners.
A spokesman for Hoegh Autoliners’ Navigate Response said: ‘There is only limited damage to the cargo.
‘Most of the lashings held, and only a couple of pieces - large machinery - shifted.
‘Water damage only occured on the lowest deck and on the one side the ship was listing.’
It is not yet known which vehicles were damaged by the sea water inside the ship.
Those which are damaged or do not start up will be towed off the ship.
The spokesman added: ‘Only preliminary checks have been made on the vehicles at this point. We will be coordinating with other companies, including manufacturers and dealers, to carry out a full assessment of the cargo.’
As well as Land Rovers and Jaguars, a £260,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith was on board the Singapore-registered Hoegh Osaka.
The vessel, which was heading to the Middle East, was run aground by its pilot as it began to list badly just 45 minutes after leaving the port of Southampton on January 3.
The cargo ship, which is 180 metres long and 32 metres wide, had been stranded off the English coast for 19 days before finally arriving back in Southampton, Hants, on January 22 guided by two tugs.
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