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105 JCBs on stricken Solent cargo ship

The Japanese cargo ship grounded in the Solent has 105 JCB machines on board.

The Hoegh Osaka was deliberately run aground shortly after leaving the Port of Southampton on Saturday evening (3 January). Experts predict the stranded vessel, now listing at 45 degrees, could take days to right.

The JCB equipment on board includes 50-tonne and 33-tonne tracked excavators. Also on board are backhoe loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers, wheeled loading shovels and Teletruk forklifts. All the machines are made at JCB’s Staffordshire factories.

50-tonne JCB JS500 tracked excavator

A 50-tonne JCB JS500 tracked excavator, one of the models on board the stricken vessel.

The machines are owned by JCB’s dealers in the Middle East, the region where they were being shipped to. Their value runs into millions of pounds, according to a JCB spokesman.

He said: “There are 105 JCB machines on board the grounded cargo ship which were destined for dealers in the Middle East. We are awaiting further information from the shipping carrier about the current status of the machines and any plans they may have for retrieval.”

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