Hoegh Osaka sails off for final repairs

The Hoegh Osaka being moved. Picture: Jason Kay
The Hoegh Osaka being moved. Picture: Jason Kay

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The car transporter Hoegh Osaka has left Southampton for final repairs.

The ship set off at midday today from the city’s port headed to Falmouth, in Cornwall, where she will undergo steel repairs for three weeks before being brought back into service.

The car carrier ran aground in the Solent on January 3 while it was carrying 1,400 luxury cars and 100 pieces of machinery.

It developed a 50 degree list when it left the port headed to Saudi Arabia and was purposely run aground to save its cargo.

A few days later it floated to Alpha Anchorage, off Lee-on-the-Solent and from there a major operation saw the ship brought back to its upright position.

It was then taken back to Southampton on January 22 where its cargo was removed.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) confirmed that safety checks and certification had been completed.