Höegh Osaka update

8 January 2015

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency made the following announcement today:

"The vessel is currently stable at the anchorage. Three tugs kept it in place overnight despite some high winds early in the early hours.

3000tons of water is estimated to be on the vessel. Work will start today, when the weather improves, to pump this water off. An oily film has formed on top of this water from the hydraulics of the vehicles on board. The salvors will use a technique that draws the water from the bottom of the vessel to avoid this oily film. The removal of this water should reduce the vessel’s list.

Before the vessel can be moved back to the Port of Southampton between five and seven days of salvage work that needs to be completed. This includes a hull inspection by divers, the removal of the water that entered the ship through the now repaired crack and ballasting operations to reduce the list. 

Salvage teams are on board the vessel today and The Queen’s Harbour Master has now introduced an exclusion zone of 300m to remove the risk to leisure users of the Solent.

Current weather forecast is for a worsening at 0300 on Friday, abating during the morning and picking up again at 1500 and reaching very high winds Saturday am."


For information about the salvage operation, please contact the MCA.

To follow the MCA communcation on this event, please visit http://hmcoastguard.blogspot.no/.


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