MAIB report on Höegh Osaka published today

17 March 2016

On 17 March, Höegh Autoliners and Wallem Ship Management welcomed the publication of the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report into the listing and subsequent grounding of the Höegh Osaka on the Bramble Bank at the entrance to Southampton, UK in January 2015.

Ingar Skiaker, CEO of Höegh Autoliners commented, "We thank the MAIB for their thorough investigation and the comprehensive report they published today."

"Höegh Osaka’s unfortunate incident was caused by a series of circumstances that independently would not have been critical, but ultimately caused the vessel to develop a severe list and ground on the Bramble Bank.”

The incident resulted in no loss of life and there was no pollution. The accident also caused no disruption to traffic in or out of the port.

Mr. Skiaker adds, "Immediately after the incident, we reinforced the adherence to procedures among all our staff, and training courses were expanded to ensure that lessons learned are shared company-wide."

"Our senior technical team will now look very carefully at the report’s detailed findings to determine additional lessons for our future operations, but it is reassuring to see that most of the recommendations made in the report have already been incorporated in our procedures.”

Mr. Skiaker continues, "I would like to thank, once more, all of the rescue authorities, salvors, individuals and agencies who assisted us last year to ensure the successful management of the incident. The Höegh Osaka was brought back into service after necessary repairs, and she is once again trading worldwide.”


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About Höegh Autoliners

Höegh Autoliners is a leading global provider of Ro/Ro vehicle transportation services. The company operates around 50 PCTCs (Pure Car and Truck Carriers) in global trade systems and in short sea operations, managed from a worldwide network of around 20 offices. Customers include global manufacturers of new cars, heavy machinery and rolling goods.

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