Stranded cargo ship Hoegh Osaka freed herself and started moving

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THE stranded cargo ship that was deliberately grounded in the Solent freed herself and started moving.

The 51,000-tonne Hoegh Osaka, which was stranded on the Bramble Bank sandbank, appeared to come free and was drifting this afternoon.

The car carrier Hoegh Osaka lies on her side after she became stranded on Bramble Bank, in the Solent between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 5, 2015. See PA story SEA Carrier. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire PPP-150501-112237001

The car carrier Hoegh Osaka lies on her side after she became stranded on Bramble Bank, in the Solent between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 5, 2015. See PA story SEA Carrier. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire PPP-150501-112237001

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has confirmed the plan is now to tow the vessel.

A spokesman said: ‘The vessel has self-floated at high water and the intention is to tow her to a holding position in Southampton Water pending a full assessment of her condition.

‘A decision on the next phase of the salvage operation will be made after the assessment.’

The decision was made yesterday not to re-float the vessel today due to water leaking into the ship.

A car container ship ran aground overnight in the Solent''Picture: Paul Jacobs (15005-1) PPP-150401-080400001

A car container ship ran aground overnight in the Solent''Picture: Paul Jacobs (15005-1) PPP-150401-080400001

As reported in The News, the ship was grounded deliberately after it ran into trouble while sailing from Southampton with its cargo of 1,400 luxury and standard cars as well as 80 pieces of construction equipment.