After more than two weeks trapped in Solent-on-the-Lee in the UK, the cargo ship Hoegh Osaka has finally been returned to port. The ship, which weighs 51,000 tons, caused concern when it ran aground after listing at an alarming degree. The decks took on thousands of tons of water and many of the luxury vehicles onboard were threatened.
The salvage crew and a team of tugboats brought the ship into Southampton Water Berth 101, according to the BBC, a process that took about three hours. Photos of the recovery mission show the dramatic tilt the boat was listing at, as well as the water being emptied from it. Fortunately, the vessel's list was reduced dramatically before it was taken in: at one point it had listed at more than 50 degrees.
The ship's owner is a Danish company, Hoegh Autoliners, and Lief Hoegh, chairman of the company, told the source that the mission had proceeded according to plan. Previously, the crew of 25 aboard the Osaka were rescued by the local coastguard, with only one of them requiring medical attention for injuries.
"There were no serious injuries to people or to the surrounding area so seeing the ship being moved back in to port was the outcome we had hoped for when the incident happened," he said.
One of the vehicles onboard, a Powerscreen Trackpactor 500, was shifted around inside the cargo and reportedly crashed into the ship from inside. Construction equipment, a Rolls Royce and several BMWs were also part of the cargo order being transported.
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