The huge auto liner cargo ship Höegh Osaka has beached itself on the Bramble Bank, a legendary sandbar near Portsmouth and the Isle of Wright in England. The ship became grounded and started to list on January 3rd at 9:20 AM. The ship's crew of 25 was saved that night, but the ship remains effectively beached and listing at a 45-degree angle. There's been no mention of what vehicles may have been in transit on the ship, but its stranded state begs some questions.

Given the ship's owners Höegh Autoliners are believed to be carrier partners to Volkswagen amongst others, and given the Höegh Osaka was headed to Germany, we've seen some asking whether this would delay delivery of their car. We've researched this as best we can online, and here's what we've found.

First, here are a couple of videos worth checking out. One shows footage of the rescue operation last night for the crew. Watch it here:


Next up is drone footage of the Höegh Osaka as it sat this morning once daylight was able to reveal the ship's plight with more clarity.


No details on the Höegh Osaka's current cargo were revealed, but we were able to find more specific information as to the ship's intended schedule before it ran aground. It was headed for Bremerhaven tomorrow, then on to Hamburg on January 6. While feasible that it intended to pick up German cars there, its next scheduled arrivals were at the Suez Canal, then Jeddah, Sohar, Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain, Dammam and finally Kuwait by February 3.

Even if the Höegh Osaka were picking up Volkswagen models while in Germany, those cars would have been going to the Middle East.

We'll run more information of more pertinent info becomes available.