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CONTAINER SHIP RUNS AGROUND OFF COWES

APLVanda5UPDATED: The container ship APL Vanda has run aground in the Solent off Cowes tonight (Saturday).

Several tugs and lifeboats are on the scene at West Bramble Bank, the same location that the Hoegh Osaka ran aground just over a year ago.

Part of the 368m ship’s rudder is out of the water, however there are not thought to have been any injuries at this time.

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Six tugs are surrounding the boat – which is facing in an Easterly direction – and Calshot RNLI are on scene.

The APL Vanda left Le Harve, France earlier on today and was due in the Port of Southampton at around 20:15, however became stuck on Bramble Bank shortly before 22:00.

The next high tide is not expected until the early hours of the morning, however it is currently unclear if even then the enormous vessel will be shifted off the bank.

Shipping traffic has been affected by the incident, the circumstances of which are currently unclear.

APLVandaUPDATE SUNDAY @ 00:12 – The APL Vanda has been moved into deep water thanks to the efforts of 8 tugs.

A 250m exclusion has been set up surrounding the vessel as work gets underway to test the engines and assess any damage.

UPDATE SUNDAY @ 01:15 – Having been towed into deep water, the APL Vanda is now making its way up Southampton Water with the assistance of several tugs.

It is thought the grounding may have been intentional following a loss of power.

The immediate danger is over and Solent traffic is slowly returning to normal.

UPDATE SUNDAY @ 13:50 – The container ship has safely been taken to Southampton Port. There have been no reports of any pollution.

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