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JCBs on stricken cargo ship

Among the 1,400 or so vehicles making up the cargo of the ship deliberately grounded in the Solent on Saturday are over 100 JCB machines.

The vessel, the Hoegh Osaka, was run aground on a sandbank in the estuary after starting to list shortly after leaving Southampton.

JCB confirmed this afternoon that there are 105 of its machines on board. They include 50-tonne and 33-tonne JCB tracked excavators, backhoe loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers, wheeled loading shovels and Teletruk forklifts.

All the machines were made at JCB's Staffordshire factories.

A JCB spokesman 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."

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

According to reports, 1,200 of the vehicles were Jaguar Land Rover cars and 65 were Minis.

Salvage experts were reported today to have boarded the Heogh Osaka but have not yet indicated how or when it will be refloated.

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