According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, it is anticipated that ballast operations due to take place today will further reduce the list to 15 – 20 degrees, when Maritime Accident Investigation Branch investigators will be able to board the ship to gather information for their investigation. A skeleton ship’s crew will also board the ship in preparation for its move back to Southampton Port.
The exact time for the ship to move from Alpha Anchorage to Southampton Port has not been confirmed and will be finally determined when the conditions are right to do so, e.g. confidence in the ship’s stability, ship’s systems have been started up successfully, time of tide, wave and weather conditions.
The journey is expected to port is expected to take four hours, with four tugs helping to bring the ship in. The salvor will be assisted by two pilots and the ship’s master.
UPDATE THURSDAY @ 11:50 – It has been confirmed that the operation to tow the Hoegh Osaka back to Southampton will begin at 15:30 today (Thursday).
The vessel is due to arrive in the Port at Berth 101 at 19:00 this evening.
During the towing operation to bring the HOEGH OSAKA in to Southampton Port, a Restricted Airspace (Temporary) (RAT) will be placed 1 mile either side of the navigation route and up to 2000 ft. This is designed to provide essential safety during the towing operation.
There will also be an exclusion zone around the vessel itself of 1,000 metres ahead and behind and 100m either side.
Details of the route are included below.