The Hoegh Osaka, the car transporter that was grounded after developing a massive 52 degree list off the coast of the U.K., has been taken back to port where its cargo of roughly 1400 cars, mostly Jaguar, Land Rover, and Mini products, are being unloaded. Despite most of the cars in the video below looking mostly unscathed considering they were stowed in a vessel that had spent a few days on its side in the ocean, they're probably all doomed to be crushed anyways.
That's the lesson of the MV Cougar Ace, a container ship full of Mazdas consigned to an ignoble death by (not unfounded) concerns about liability. In the Cougar Ace, some vehicles had been partially submerged, and others had leaked battery acid due to the the extreme angle of the list. That acid had corroded underhood components in some vehicles. Mazda couldn't risk a lawsuit if they released them to dealers, and a component failed because of the mishap at sea.
All 4703 cars were unceremoniously crushed.
The Hoegh Osaka's cargo could share the same fate. U.K. product liability laws are different than U.S. laws, but the essential concerns are the same. U.K. newspapers are mostly of the same mind in that the cargo is likely doomed due to the sort of blanket concerns, the unknowns, of what potentially deadly problems might lie underneath a perfectly healthy-looking Land Rover after its adventure at sea.
Not all the cars drove off entirely unscathed. Watch for yourself.
For an excellent read on the fate of the MV Cougar Ace, check out this feature from .