Video: Hoegh Osaka off of Lee-on-the-Solent

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Video shows the stricken ship Hoegh Osaka off of Lee-on-the-Solent last night.

The car carrier is expected to remain there for some time as efforts are made to pump sea water from her hull in order to stablise her after she was grounded shortly after leaving Southampton.

The car carrier Hoegh Osaka near Lee-on-the-Solent spends another day at a holding position, after it was re-floated on the high tide after it was beached on Bramble Bank near to Southampton''Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The car carrier Hoegh Osaka near Lee-on-the-Solent spends another day at a holding position, after it was re-floated on the high tide after it was beached on Bramble Bank near to Southampton''Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Salvors are hoping to begin pumping 3,000 tonnes of water which have been taken onboard the ship.

The Hoegh Osaka was beached deliberately on Bramble Bank sandbank, near Southampton, last Saturday after it began listing as it left the port.

The 51,000-tonne ship, which has a cargo of 1,400 cars and 105 pieces of construction equipment, floated free from the sandbank on the high tide on Wednesday and has since been anchored at a spot two miles east called Alpha Anchorage near Lee-on-the-Solent.

Salvors Svitzer have boarded the vessel again to prepare for the removal of the water which Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s representative for maritime salvage and intervention, (Sosrep), said had a film of oil on it from the vehicles in the cargo but did not currently pose a pollution risk.

A Marine and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said that divers were waiting for calmer weather conditions to inspect the hull for damage.

She said: “The vessel has been held by an anchor on the Alpha Anchorage overnight. Weather conditions on scene have eased and the salvors boarded the vessel at 8.30am to prepare for the removal of water from the vessel. This lengthy operation is expected to get under way today and continue during daylight hours over the weekend.

“During the operation to remove the water inside the list of the vessel will be constantly monitored.

“Because of the weather conditions on-scene divers are still waiting to carry out a further inspect of the hull. They are standing-by and will dive as soon as conditions permit. There is no evidence of pollution.”

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