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Stranded Solent ship: Hoegh Osaka leaves Southampton for Falmouth repairs

Hoegh Osaka Image copyright PA
Image caption The cargo ship has been at Berth 101 in Southampton since being returned to port

The cargo ship that was stranded in the Solent for 19 days has begun its trip from Southampton to undergo repairs.

The Hoegh Osaka was run aground after listing at 50 degrees on 3 January.

The 51,000-tonne vessel was eventually righted and towed back to Southampton. The vehicles onboard, worth £60m, have been removed over the past two weeks.

It set sail for Falmouth, Cornwall, at 14:30 GMT under its own power. The repair work is expected to take two to three weeks.

It had been due to depart at 12:00 but a spokesman for the owners of the ship, Hoegh Autoliners, said "generator issues" had led to a short delay.

After repairs to steelwork and the hydraulics, the ship is expected to return to normal service, he added.

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Image caption The ship was run aground 50 minutes after setting sail from Southampton on 3 January

A previous inspection showed only "minimal damage" to the ship.

The incident is being investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

Hoegh Osaka - Stranded in the Solent for 19 days

  • 3 January - Singapore-registered Hoegh Osaka is run aground on Bramble Bank after developing a list, shortly after leaving Southampton, en route to Germany
  • 5 January - A team from appointed salvers Svitzer boards the ship to assess the damage and formulate a salvage plan. It emerges it is carrying 1,400 cars and construction equipment

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