Cargo vessel will not be refloated tomorrow

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THE stranded cargo vessel in the Solent will not be re-floated due to water leaking into the ship.

It was revealed tonight that any attempt to refloat the Hoegh Osaka would have to be put off and the 51,000-tonne vessel will be secured to the sand banks instead.

A tug boat pushes against the car carrier Hoegh Osaka after she became stranded on Bramble Bank, in the Solent Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire PPP-150601-114528001

A tug boat pushes against the car carrier Hoegh Osaka after she became stranded on Bramble Bank, in the Solent Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire PPP-150601-114528001

A statement by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said that after calculations by salvors Svitzer, it was noticed more water has entered the vessel than previously thought.

The water was entering through a hole caused by the displacement of cargo.

At a press conference held earlier today Bram Sperling, from Svitzer, said they had two possible courses of action - to attempt a refloat of the vessel or anchor it to the sandbank.

But the statement by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said with the leakage, favourable conditions for the refloat tomorrow would not last long enough. Preparations for the refloat therefore will continue when conditions improve.

Mr Sperling said the refloat was an option because the ship moved a little bit this morning due to the high tide. The other decision was too keep her on the sand bank and look to deploy some anchors to keep her there.

During their calculations, the 18-strong team of salvors inspected the cargo, most of which had stayed in place.

Mr Sperling said: ‘We have not looked in detail at the cargo. We have only looked if we have some displacement of the cargo and we have seen a few vehicles, big ones, that have.’

He added that an excavator had shifted on the sixth deck knocking a hole in the hull which they had since repaired.

‘There is some water on the vessel down in the hull, we will have to take care of that,’ he said.

As reported in The News, the ship was grounded on the Bramble Bank in the Solent after it sailed from Southampton with its cargo of 1,400 luxury and standard cars as well as 80 pieces of construction equipment.