Hoegh Osaka was scheduled for an attempted re-floating today but late last night this was postponed as they have discovered more water than they had thought within the ship.
That meant they missed a weather window and the weather is forecast to gradually deteriorate over the coming week.
Now, in the last few hours, it has been discovered that the ship is drifting slowly to the south west.
Now, there are extra tugs coming on station. Yesterday, there was a couple of Solent Towage's tugs standing by the vessel. Now (15:00) I see Svitzer Surrey has just come hot-foot from the town and Svitzer Sarah is passing Calshot to join her. Also, SD Solent Racer has arrived from Portsmouth. Added to all that lot, I can see Wilventure on scene too.
The US sailors on board the vehicle carrier Courage must be getting a surprise as they pass the wreck. This ship is slowing down as it approaches the wreck so they can get some good views.
I found it interesting that, although Svitzer have been appointed as salvors, none of their tugs have been involved until this afternoon.
My goodness! A second Southampton Patrol launch is now en route, and the local Search & Rescue helicopter is in the area too.
Edit: Pleased to see pinkfroot feeding Marine Traffic!
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