The car carrier, Hoegh Osaka, set sail from Southampton as usual on the 3rd January 2015. Before she got too far, they realised she was in trouble so the pilot and Master took the decision to deliberately ground her on the Brambles sandbank to save lives and the cargo. She was eventually towed back into Southampton on the 22nd, docking in City Terminal various inspections as well as offloading the cars. Most had what appeared to be minor damage from the pictures in various media. We had snow in the morning of the 3rd February which thankfully had gone by the afternoon so my dad and I went to Mayflower Park for some photos while she was still there. Meanwhile, another damaged ship was also in port. G Poseidon had a hole in the hull during her sailing and came here to be repaired, moving her to Mayflower Terminal to make way for the Hoegh.
The last vehicles to be removed had more serious damage and needed special equipment. Once that was done, she was scheduled to sail at noon for dry docking in Falmouth. As it was one of my volunteering days, I wouldn’t finish in time so gave up on seeing her off. However, she was delayed, the tugs went to help another sail instead. My dad and I got there around 2pm as Svitzer Sarah and Svitzer Bargate were coming back. ITV Meridian were there but I couldn’t see BBC South anywhere. Lomax could be seen better now, complete with shower cap covering where the antenna Hoegh Osaka damaged used to be.
Around 20 minutes late, the ropes began to go. There was a bit of trouble with one but they sorted it.
The tugs let go and returned to base, leaving her to sail under her own steam to Falmouth, back transmitting as Hoegh Osaka, leaving her Wreck name behind.
Once she is repaired in Falmouth, which is likely to take two or three weeks, she will return to Southampton, load up with cars and continue on her original route to Bremerhaven.
Earlier photos of her are here. https://linerlovers.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/hoegh-osaka/