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Hoegh Osaka Staying Put till Wednesday

Written by Maritime First

Grounded car carrier Hoegh Osaka is unlikely to be moved to Southampton Port before Wednesday, according to the latest update from the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The operation to pump water from the vessel’s lower car decks removed approximately 800 tons of clean water.

The operation continued on Sunday as well however, the progress was said to be slower as divers had to reposition the pump to ensure only clean water was discharged.

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The divers carried out a limited inspection of the Hoegh Osaka’s hull on Friday, according to which there is no significant damage.

The ship continues to be stable and it continues to list at 48 degrees.

Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said it has initiated an investigation into the grounding of the car carrier Hoegh Osaka on the Bramble Bank in the Solent.

The vessel grounded on the evening of Saturday, January 3 having departed from Southampton for Bremerhaven, Germany.

Hoegh Osaka self floated at 1.55pm on Wednesday, January 7 at high tide and was towed to a preferred holding position 2 miles east of the original grounding position, close to the area called Spitbank.—World Maritime News

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