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