The Hoegh Osaka run aground on Bramble Bank (famous for the low tide cricket matches) with 25/28 crew on board, as the tide receded the car transporter registered in Singapore started to list eventually reaching a 45 degree angle. The crew of 25 have been air lifted by RNLI lifeboats from Calshot, Cowes and Yarmouth worked with Southampton Patrol and four tug boats, two from Esso and two from Southampton Docks, alongside the Solent Coastguard helicopter. The inshore lifeboat was used to recover a crew man who made a jump for it and with the tide conditions; it started to pull him under, under the hull. The crew have been taken to HMS Daedalus at Stubbington by helicopter, the three remaining crew have also been taken ashore.
There have been no reported major injuries from the incident.
There is speculation that the Hoegh Osaka will re-float tonight on the higher tide being driven by the full moon as 16:00 this afternoon the vessel was still firmly on the Brambles bank.
The Hoegh Osaka departed from the port of Southampton around 20:03 on the 3rd January 2015 on route to Bremerhaven in Germany, it would appear from the current draught the vessel is half loaded. The Lomax and Svitzer Sarah are is attendance monitoring the vessels movements at this time.
The Bramble bank is well noted for moving location in varying tides and more popular with land lovers for the game of cricket played at low tide. The sandbank is located on the southern tip of the New Forest.
Latest update 19:15
“…the vessel never suffered any loss of propulsion or steerage nor was it any kind of pilot or navigational error. Early indications are that poor ballast/bunker tank management could be to blame. A large amount of bunker fuel was allowed to drain from the port side over to starboard at the moment the vessel was negotiating the turn to port around the west bramble cardinal bouy. This, combined with slack ballast tanks caused the vessel to take on a very pronounced list to starboard.
…she had made a full 180 degree turn round to port and was listing at approx 50 degrees. The pilot deliberately beached the car carrier in an effort to avoid a potential capsize situation.
…it’s important to stress how calm and collected the pilot remained throughout the whole incident. He was the last person to be airlifted off the stricken vessel and deserves the utmost respect for his behaviour”.
Like yourself pleased to hear that all the crew are safe and sound, however what about the pollution from the stricken vessel and the potential of more to come as it is expected that it will be several more days before an attempt is made to re-float it.