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Hoegh Osaka drags anchor in very high winds

Hoegh Osaka drags anchor in very high winds
The stricken car carrier Hoegh Osaka dragged anchor from its holding position in the Solent during heavy weather on Saturday morning.

According to the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Authority (MCA) the vessel dragged anchor between 4am and 5am on Saturday morning moving around 100 m. Winds of 72 knots were reported by the Queen Mary 2 which was coming into port at the time.

The poor weather conditions have set back plans by salvors to pump 3,000 tonnes of water from the vessels.

“Two tugs remain attached to the Hoegh Osaka, one fore and one aft. The aim is to attach another tug to the bow if weather permits. The weather conditions today are unsafe for the salvors to board to finalise pumping arrangements,” MCA said.

The Hoegh Osaka’s list of over 45 degrees is reported to remain unchanged.