Investigations are under way into the circumstances surrounding a car transporter that was forced to run aground when it began to list.
A rescue operation was launched when the Hoegh Osaka ship started to list soon after departing from the Port of Southampton on Saturday evening.
It was run aground off the Isle of Wight after developing problems, according to the vessel’s owners Hoegh Autoliners.
The ship’s 25 crew members were all rescued by the RNLI and coastguard, and were unhurt except for two people who sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital.
‘Great skill and seamanship’
Hoegh Autoliners’ chief executive, Ingar Skiaker, says the decision to ground the vessel was taken by the ship’s helmsman and master after it developed a severe list shortly after leaving the port.
The chief executive praised the “great skill and seamanship” displayed by the crew under these challenging conditions.
He added that it is currently too early to speculate on what caused the vessel to list, but says that an investigation is in progress to determine the reason.
A salvage operation is under way to free the ship from the Bramble Bank without causing disruption to the flow of traffic in and out of the Port of Southampton.
No oil or other substances
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.
Mr Skiaker has confirmed that “no oil or other substances” from the ship had leaked into the water and there was no problem with the ship’s capacity as it was only a third full at the time.
He gave his thanks to everyone who was involved in the rescue operation.
However, not everyone in these kinds of situations are as lucky.
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Date Published: January 6, 2015
Author: David Brown