Stricken cargo ship Hoegh Osaka cannot be moved yet

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THE stricken Hoegh Osaka is unlikely to be moved to Southampton Port before Wednesday, it has been revealed.

It comes after 800 tons of water was pumped out of the lower car decks of the vessel in the Solent yesterday.

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In its daily update, the Maritime Coastguard Agency said the ship continues to be stable and continues to list at 48 degrees.

The operation to clear it of water continues today but progress will be slower as divers have to reposition the pump to ensure only clean water is discharged.

Arrangements will then be made to move the ship, which has been aground in the Solent since January 3 when it developed a list leaving Southampton dock.