Hoegh Osaka refloat attempt delayed, coastguard announces

The Hoegh Osaka refloat will not take place today, as previously suggested, because too much water has entered the hull

Late last night, salvage firm Svitzer and the Coastguard took the decision to delay the Hoegh Osaka refloat.

In a statement, it was explained that too much water had entered the hull to make a refloat feasible before weather conditions changed for the worse.

Instead, the stricken car carrier will be secured on Bramble Bank while the team waits for a suitable opportunity to attempt the refloat.

At a press conference yesterday, it was announced that pumps had been loaded onto the Hoegh Osaka in preparation for a refloat attempt at high tide today.

However, salvage efforts have been hampered by a hole in deck six, which was created when a digger slipped from its original position.

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This crack in the hull would normally be above the waterline, but due to the extreme list of the stricken vessel, seawater has entered and compromised the ballast.

The hole in the deck has since been closed, the salvors added. Keep checking back with MBY.com for all the latest Hoegh Osaka refloat news.