Hoegh Osaka

At 8.20pm on the 3rd January 2015, the car carrier, Hoegh Osaka, left Southampton on a routine call, heading for Bremerhaven. Before she reached the Hook buoy, she was in trouble. The Captain and pilot took the decision to ground her on the Brambles sandbank. She stopped at 9.20pm, listing at 45 degrees, safely out of the shipping lane. All 24 crew plus pilot were rescued, some from the sea.

3rd January 2015

3rd January 2015


Track
The press conference the following day said she was listing 52 degrees and Svitzer were appointed as salvors. There was also an 200 metre exclusion zone around the vessel. On the 5th, she was no longer transmitting as Hoegh Osaka but Wreck.
5th January 2015

5th January 2015


Name:Wreck
MMSI:563248000 [SG]
IMO:9185463
Status:Default (15)
Type:Default Navaid (100)
Details:Vehicles Carrier
Tonnage:51770gt, 12473dwt
Built:Sep 2000
Position:50.787 -1.306
Received:18:39:33 05 Jan 15 GMT

The 6th it was announced a JCB may have broken loose and caused a hole in the hull, which they had to repair. Just before 2pm on the 7th, due to strong winds and high tides, she floated herself off the sandbank. Tugs rushed to her aid and towed her to Alpha Anchorage, where Queen’s Harbour Master, Portsmouth, declared a 300 metre exclusion zone. I had been unable to see her until the 8th and it was a miserable rainy morning as we went to Calshot to see Rotterdam arrive. It dried up a few hours later so we went back in the afternoon.

8th January 2015

8th January 2015


Rotterdam in the rain

Rotterdam in the rain


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Hoegh 04
Hoegh 05
Hoegh 06
Hoegh 07
Hoegh 08

Another chance on the 10th thanks to Queen Elizabeth arriving 7 hours late due to bad weather. The tugs Lomax and Vortex had been joined by Ginger, an Iske offshore tug. Unfortunately, after QE had passed, there was a collision between Lomax and Hoegh Osaka resulting in slight damage to the tug, her mast obviously bent. Phenix replaced her for a couple of days.

Lomax and Wilventure II

Lomax and Wilventure II


Hoegh Osaka, Ginger and Vortex

Hoegh Osaka, Ginger and Vortex


Queen Elizabeth arrives and Lomax is fine.

Queen Elizabeth arrives and Lomax is fine.


Hoegh 12
Hoegh 13
Lomax with damaged mast.

Lomax with damaged mast.

Now everything depended on weather. They finally were able to begin pumping the clean water out at 11am on the 17th, which reduced her list to 48 degrees. They made slow but steady progress and by the evening of the 19th, the list was reduced to 39 degrees. Two days later it was 25 degrees and on the 21st they announced plans for her return to Southampton, including a map.

© Associated British Ports & MCA

© Associated British Ports & MCA

By the 22nd she was a mere 5 degrees. The MCA announced they would start to being her in from 3.45pm (media had 3.30pm while ABP had 4.30pm) but in fact things began to happen well before that. Svitzer Bargate headed out around 12.45pm and all the tugs were on the move by 2.21pm, led by Thorax (which had come from Norway) with Svitzer Bentley on the forward starboard, Multratug 4 (which had come from the Netherlands) on her aft port side with Vortex on the stern and Willsupply following. Both SP Protector and Southampton Patrol were out while BBC News had a helicopter buzzing over the vessels. The Red Jets slowed to around 10 knots as they passed.
Hoegh 15
Hoegh 16
Hoegh 17
Hoegh 18
Hoegh 19
Hoegh 20
Hoegh 21
Hoegh 22
Hoegh 23
Hoegh 24
Hoegh 25
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Hoegh 29
Hoegh 30
Hoegh 31

While Multratug 4 headed to Flushing, Thorax berthed in 101 for the night in front of Hoegh Osaka with Vortex alongside. Thorax was scheduled to sail for IJmuiden the following morning. It is unknown at present what will happen to her or when she will leave Southampton.

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