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hoeghosakamarineunitAs strong winds battered the south coast yesterday afternoon (Saturday), it has been revealed that one of the two tugs keeping the Hoegh Osaka in place moved from its position and collided with the Hoegh Osaka.

During the incident there were no injuries to personnel, however the tug received some damage and has been replaced by another tug. No pollution occurred during this incident.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency say plans are being refined to meet the challenges that the forecast for continuing high winds in the coming week presents.

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The salvors now intend to start ballasting work before pumping the 3000t of water out of the vessel. They have managed to board the ship today (Sunday) and will ensure the pump is working, but they will also look at the ballast system.

Photo: Hampshire Marine Policing Unit/Twitter

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