Car carrier Hoegh Osaka refloated
Car carrier Hoegh Osaka refloated at around 1400 GMT Jan 7, and was taken to to Alpha Anchorage, between East Cowes and Lee-on-the-Solent. It is understood, that the vessel refloated ahead of scheduled salvage, with coming tide and water being pumped out. Media said hull was breached on cargo deck 6 by a loose JCB excavator. Media believe vessel’s list was caused by cars and vehicles going loose, which is rather doubtful, because vessel was moving in sheltered waters. The best guess seems to be an initial faulty ballasting, which caused developing list and the need to ground the vessel to avoid capsizing.
Car carrier Hoegh Osaka accident
Car carrier Hoegh Osaka ran aground on Bramble Bank near the entrance to Southampton, Solent, UK, at around 2120 UTC Jan 3, departing from Southampton and bound for Bremerhaven with 25 crew and a 1,400 cars on board. Vessel developed list, all but three senior officers were evacuated, but after starboard list reached 45 degrees, they too were evacuated. Salvage contract is signed with Svitzer, salvage is under way. Hoegh Autoliners in a statement said the vessel developed a list, and was intentionally grounded to avoid capsizing. Media is musing over reasons, suggesting cargo, i.e. cars, shift, or movement. It seems unlikely, because vessel was moving in sheltered waters. Most probably, something was wrong with ballasting, and vessel was unstable.