Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Stricken Solent ship: Water pumped from Hoegh Osaka

Hoegh Osaka on 14 January Image copyright PA
Image caption Some of the ship's cargo of cars and construction equipment is under water

About 800 tons of water has so far been pumped from the stricken cargo ship Hoegh Osaka.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the operation was "going well" but said progress was slower than Saturday because they have to reposition the pump so only clean water is discharged.

It said the vessel, which is being secured by tugs off Lee-on-the-Solent, is unlikely to be moved to Southampton Port before Wednesday.

The ship's list remains at 48 degrees.

Work to pump the excess water from the vessel's lower car deck began on Saturday.

The 51,000-tonne ship, carrying 1,400 cars and 105 pieces of construction equipment, was beached deliberately on Bramble Bank sandbank on 3 January after it began listing as it left Southampton.

It floated free from the sandbank on the high tide on 7 January and was towed to deeper water where it remains.

On 11 January one of the tugs helping to keep the ship in place collided with the Singapore-registered transporter in high winds.

Image copyright NPAS-Bournemouth
Image caption The ship ran aground 50 minutes after setting sail from Southampton

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