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Listing ship investigation begins






     
         
 
   
   

       

  Hoegh OsakaIt could take weeks for the Hoegh Osaka to be refloated
 


                     

An investigation has begun into why a car transporter, which ran aground in the Solent, started listing shortly after leaving the Port of Southampton.


       

The Hoegh Osaka was deliberately run aground off the Isle of Wight on Saturday evening after it developed problems and started to list, the vessel's owners Hoegh Autoliners said.


       

The ship is now listing at 52 degrees and the salvage operation has begun.


       

All 25 crew members were rescued from the ship by the RNLI and coastguard.


 


 









   

                   

       

           

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RNLI volunteer Tom Pederson: "Not a rescue we go to every day"



   





     

Ingar Skiaker, chief executive of Hoegh Autoliners, said: "Our vessel developed a severe list shortly after she left port and the pilot and the master took the decision to save the vessel and its crew by grounding her on the bank.


       

"This showed great skill and seamanship on behalf of our crew when faced with such challenging circumstances.


       

"At this stage it is too early to speculate on the cause of the list but we are starting an immediate investigation.


       

"Right now we have serious work ahead of us in order to free the vessel from the Bramble Bank without disrupting the flow of traffic in and out of the Port of Southampton.


       

"An investigation is ongoing as to what occurred last night and that is being conducted by the MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch)."


       

Mr Skiaker confirmed "no oil or other substances" had leaked from the vessel into the water.


       

Asked whether there were too many vehicles on board, he replied: "No, the vessel was only one-third full."


 

  Aerial shot of listing Hoegh OsakaThe ship ran aground 50 minutes after setting sail from Southampton
 


  Hoegh OsakaPeople gathered on the shore to see the cargo ship stranded
 


  Hoegh Osaka run aground in SolentPlans for the salvage operation began as daylight dawned on the Solent
 

     

Mr Skiaker also thanked everyone involved in the rescue operation.


       

"All crew plus one pilot, in total 25 people were evacuated from the vessel and all are safe and accounted for. Two crew members were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.


       

"The crew is currently being offered all possible support and assistance to help them cope with the ordeal they have been through.


       

Hugh Shaw, of the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), said the appointed salvers Svitzer would spend the next few days going on board the ship to establish if the cargo, which as well as 1,400 cars includes 70 to 80 pieces of construction equipment, had shifted and the implication for the operation to refloat the vessel.


       

"There has been no release of oil into the environment and we are determined to keep the situation that way - we are not looking for a quick fix here," he said.


 

  Map locating Bramble Bank

     

The MCA said the vessel was not in a shipping channel, so there was no impact on other ships in the area.


       

Four RNLI Lifeboats, as well as the Solent Coastguard helicopter, were involved in the rescue.


       

One crew member is understood to have been pulled from the water during the rescue operation while the majority of the crew had made their way to the high side of the ship and were taken to safety.


       

Two senior officers and a pilot stayed on board before being taken ashore.


       

The transporter, registered in Singapore, set sail from Southampton at about 20:20 GMT on Saturday.


       

The 51,000-tonne ship had been on its way to Germany when it developed a problem.



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