Optare buses on board stranded cargo ship

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Optare has confirmed that 10 of its single-decker buses bound for a customer in the Middle East are on board the stranded Hoegh Osaka cargo ship.

The captain and the master of the Hoegh Osaka took the decision to deliberately ground the vessel in the Solent on January 3, after it began to list once it had left Southampton. A salvage operation is under way but was being disrupted by bad weather conditions as CBW went to press.

A statement from Optare said it was too early to determine the status of the cargo on board Hoegh Autoliners are in touch with Optare and sending updates as and when they become available.

Optare said it is working closely with its customer to try and reduce the impact of the delayed delivery of the vehicles bound for the Middle East