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HOEGH OSAKA STARTS DRIFTING AT HIGH TIDE

hoeghosakagleniscroucherUPDATE: The stricken Hoegh Osaka self-floated at high water this afternoon (Wednesday) and began to drift towards the Isle of Wight, however has now been taken under tow by tug boats.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency say the intention is to now tow the vessel to a holding position in Southampton Water pending a full assessment of her condition.

A decision on the next phase of the salvage operation will be made after the assessment.

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It comes after the decision was made last night to not attempt a refloat today due to there being more water on board the car carrier than originally thought.

UPDATE @ 16:37 – The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have confirmed that the Hoegh Osaka is being towed to a new location just inside Portsmouth Harbour, close to the area called Spitbank.

Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth has established a temporary exclusion zone of 300 metres around the vessel.  Only exempt vessels are to enter the exclusion zone.

The tow to the new position is being carried out by Svitzer, the salvors, and the new holding position will allow a full assessment of her condition.
Photograph thanks to Island Echo reader Glenis Croucher

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