Stricken Solent ship towed back to shore

Nineteen days after it was deliberately grounded on a sandbank in the Solent, the stranded car carrier Hoegh Osaka has been towed back to shore.

The Hoegh Osaka was deliberately run aground on a sandbank between Southampton and the Isle of Wight on January 3rd when crew realised it was in trouble.

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Breached cargo ship still 'listing' at 45 degree angle

The stranded cargo ship Hoegh Osaka remains grounded on the Bramble Bank in the Solent tonight more than 24 hours after running aground.

No attempt has been made to refloat the ship, which is listing at 45 degrees in the water, but salvage experts are trying to work out the best way to recover the ship.

ITV News reporter Martha Fairlie reports:

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Ship's pilot and master 'made the decision to ground vessel'

The chief executive of Hoegh Autoliners, Ingar Skiaker.

The men in charge of the Hoegh Osaka deliberately ran the cargo ship aground in the Solent to "save the vessel and the crew", according to the head of the company that owns the ship.

Ingar Skiaker told a press conference it was "too early" to say what had gone wrong, but that there would be an investigation to establish what happened.

At this stage it's too early to speculate on the cause of this accident. The vessel did develop a severe list shortly after she left port and the pilot and the master made the decision to save the vessel and the crew by grounding her on the bank. This showed great skill and seamanship and they had to make quick decision and they did that in a very good fashion.

– Ingar Skiaker, chief executive of Hoegh Autoliners
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Salvage team on its way to ship stranded off IoW

The Hoegh Osaka container ship remains on its side on the Bramble Bank in the Solent Credit: Dave Russell

The car transporter ship the ‘Hoegh Osaka’ remains grounded on the Bramble Bank in the Solent after running aground last night.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said there is no reported pollution from the vessel which is listing at an angle of 45 degrees. The MCA's Counter Pollution Team will continue to monitor the vessel, which is currently assessed as being stable.

The Hoegh Osaka's owners have appointed the salvage company Svitzer to deal with the incident. A salvage team is on its way to make an initial assessment.

The salvage plans will be developed by Svitzer and then reviewed by the Secretary of State's Representative for Maritime Salvage & Intervention.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says there is no impact on vessels travelling along the Solent because the vessel is not within a shipping channel.

Coastguard: No attempt to right Solent grounded cargo ship

Coastguard: No attempt to right Solent grounded cargo ship Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

There has been no attempt to right the cargo ship which ran aground in the Solent the Maritime and Coastguard has told ITV News.

A spokesman said no attempt had yet been made and it was not expected today.

The car carrier ‘Hoegh Osaka’ remains grounded on the Bramble Bank in the Solent. All crew members were evacuated from the vessel overnight by Coastguard rescue helicopter and RNLI lifeboats.

There is no reported pollution from the vessel which remains listing at 45 degrees and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Counter Pollution Team will continue to monitor the vessel which is currently assessed as being stable.

– Maritime and Coastguard statement

Infrared images show overnight search near grounded ship

A thermal imaging search was carried out by police search and rescue teams overnight near the scene of a grounded cargo ship in the Solent.

Infrared images from the National Police Air Service in Bournemouth show the ship lolling to one side after running aground.

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Plans to salvage cargo ship run aground in the Solent

A car carrier which ran aground causing it to list heavily in a busy shipping lane is being assessed for stability before a salvage operation can be mounted.

National Maritime Operations Centre commander Steve Carson says plans for salvage of the 180-metre ship were under way and would not comment on how the ship ran aground.

A statement from Hoegh Autoliners, the ship's owner, said it was assessing the damage and stability of the vessel. It is not believed to be taking on any water.

Crew suffer minor injuries after ship ran aground

All 25 crew members of a car carrier which ran aground have been rescued by a coastguard helicopter and lifeboats.

The cargo ship became grounded on Bramble Bank in the Solent, near the Isle of Wight, at around 9.20pm yesterday and began listing to one side.

National Maritime Operations Centre commander Steve Carson said: "All of the crew have been accounted for and other then a couple of non life-threatening injuries, everyone is safe and well. Some crew members are now in hospital."

Coastguard: Most crew rescued from stricken ship

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has told ITV Meridian that most of the crew on board a cargo vessel called the Hoegh Osaka that ran aground in the Solent have now been safely rescued.

A statement from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "The coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent is currently airlifting 25 crew from a car carrier which has grounded on the Bramble Bank, East Cowes, Isle of Wight.

"Southampton VTS is sending tugs to the scene to assist with the vessel which is listing to one side."

Cargo ship runs aground off the Isle of Wight

A rescue operation is under way after a cargo ship ran aground in the Solent Credit: RNLI/Damian Lester

A rescue operation is under way after a cargo ship ran aground in the Solent off the Isle of Wight.

The RNLI said the ship’s crew are being rescued from the water and from on board the stricken vessel, which is at a list of 45 degrees.

Four RNLI lifeboats are in attendance alongside the Solent coastguard helicopter which is airlifting 25 crew members including one person who suffered injuries when the ship ran aground.

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