Höegh Autoliners issue statement after vessel runs aground

Höegh Autoliners are currently assessing damage and stability issues on board its vessel, the ‘Höegh Osaka’ which suffered a heavy list earlier yesterday evening after leaving Southampton Port.

Höegh Autoliners primary concern has been for the crew on board and it has been confirmed that one crew member has been injured and he was airlifted to Queen Alexander Hospital in Portsmouth with non-life threatening injuries.

The remaining crew have been taken to HMS Daedalus at Stubbington by helicopter and will be accommodated locally overnight. However, a small number of senior officers remain on board.

The Marine Accident Incident Branch (MAIB) has been informed.

Two Svitzer tugs & two further Solent-based tugs are presently in attendance by the vessel.

The crew have confirmed that the vessel is not taking in any water and they are presently in a stable position with current list.

A salvage master has been appointed and Höegh Autoliners are fully co-operating with all the authorities at this time to ensure the vessel remains safe. No pollution has been reported.

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