Car carrier to stay aground for extra day

A helicopter airlifts equipment onto the car carrier Hoegh Osaka in the Solent
A helicopter airlifts equipment onto the car carrier Hoegh Osaka in the Solent
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WORK to retrieve a cargo ship that ran aground after it developed a list in the Solent has once again stalled.

Salvage work on the Hoegh Osaka, which ran aground on Bramble Bank on January 5, has been hampered by bad weather and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it was unlikely the ship will be brought into Southampton Dock on Wednesday, as planned.

However, salvors have pumped all the water from inside the decks and reduced the ship’s list to 39 degrees, from its original 52 degrees.

The vessel will stay at its current location, Alpha Anchorage off Lee-on-the-Solent, until the list has been reduced to around 15 degrees and some of its systems have been reinstated.

The ship, which was bound for Dubai via Bremerhaven in Germany, is carrying 1,400 cars, including Land Rovers, Minis and Rolls-Royce Wraiths, and 105 pieces of construction equipment.