Höegh Osaka update
Höegh Osaka being moved.
According to the latest update from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Höegh Osaka self floated at 1.55pm GMT and all salvors had left the vessel safely. The list of the ship is reported to be unchanged and the vessel is currently under tow to a preferred holding position 2 miles east of the original grounding position.
This new location is just inside Portsmouth Harbour and is close to the area called Spitbank. Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth has established a temporary exclusion zone of 300 metres around the vessel. Only exempt vessels are to enter the exclusion zone.
The tow to the new position is being carried out by Svitzer, the salvors, and the new holding position will allow a full assessment of her condition. Disruption to the Port of Southampton is minimal; there will be a slight restriction in traffic movements until the Hoegh Osaka is clear of the main channel, but no closure of the port is anticipated
For access to MCA's update: http://hmcoastguard.blogspot.no/
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