1. National

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.

View all 20 updates ›

Salvage team assessing plan for grounded ship

Car carrier Hoegh Osaka after she became stranded on Bramble Bank, in the Solent between Southampton and the Isle of Wight Credit: PA

The owners of a huge cargo ship that was deliberately grounded in the Solent off the Isle of Wight to save it from capsizing has confirmed that salvage firm Svitzer are assessing the vessel.

Hoegh Autoliners said that there is no evidence that any pollution has occurred following the grounding of the 51,000-tonne car transporter ship.

We confirm that Svitzer has been appointed as the salvors for Hoegh Osaka and that a salvage team have boarded our vessel to assess the impact of the grounding.

Once the assessment is complete, Svitzer will develop a salvage plan that will then be assessed by SOSREP.

There is no evidence that any pollution has occurred, and an environment group has been activated to monitor and advise as necessary.

A Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) investigation into the grounding has been started.

– Spokesman for Hoegh Autoliners, owners of the vessel

More top news