Weather hampers the recovery of car ship Hoegh Osaka

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WORK to stabilise a car carrier which was stranded in the Solent looks set to be hampered again by severe weather conditions.

Heavy winds have already caused delays to the salvage operation to pump water from the Hoegh Osaka and re-right it.

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 51,000-tonne ship, which has a cargo of 1,400 cars and 105 pieces of construction equipment, was beached deliberately on Bramble Bank sandbank a week ago after it began listing.

It 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.

On Saturday, one of the tugs helping to keep the ship in place collided with the vessel and had to be replaced.

A Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokeswoman said that a ‘very poor’ weather forecast for later this week could delay the process of pumping off water which entered the vessel after an excavator in the cargo shifted and punched a hole in the hull – which has since been repaired.

Two tug boats surround the car carrier Hoegh Osaka 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-150501-112149001

Two tug boats surround the car carrier Hoegh Osaka 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-150501-112149001

She said: ‘All salvage activity is highly dependent on the weather, which is forecast to be very poor this week.’