As first reported by Island Echo last night, the vehicle carrier Hoegh Osaka ran aground on The Solent off the Island’s coastline, prompting a major rescue operation to save 25 crews members and a pilot on board the stricken vessel.
Four lifeboats from Calshot, Cowes and Yarmouth were involved in the operation alongside Coastguard Rescue 104 from Lee-on-Solent and an RAF Seaking helicopter from 22 Squadron in Devon.
Island Echo understands a mechanical malfunction could be to blame for the incident, with a hard port steer engaged.
High tide is due at 10:30, when it is hoped a salvage operation can commence to remove the cargo ship from Bramble’s Bank.
UPDATE @ 10:10 – Ships are now able to enter and leave the Port of Southampton, with a number of large container ships having successfully passed the Hoegh Osala this morning.
The salvage operation is now under way, however it is unclear how long the ship will remain in place for.
UPDATE @ 11:40 – A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has this morning said:
“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.
“The vessel’s owners have appointed the salvage company Svitzer and a salvage team is on its way to the scene today to make an initial assessment.
“Salvage plans will be developed by Svitzer and reviewed by the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage & Intervention, (SOSREP).
“There is no impact on vessels transiting the Solent as the vessel is not within a shipping channel”.