Sunday, 25 January 2015


HM Coastguard is coordinating a search for a missing windsurfer this evening near the mouth of the River Lune, Lancashire, after receiving a report at 4.30pm that four windsurfers had been out and three had made it back to shore but a fourth man in the group had not.  
The windsurfer disappeared in foggy conditions near to the entrance to the River Lune, at the south end of Morecambe Bay.  The search involves Knott End and Morecambe Coastguard Rescue Teams, Fleetwood and Morecambe Bay RNLI lifeboats, an RNLI operated hover craft and the rescue helicopter from RAF Valley.  Police and mountain rescue have also helped with the search.
The search area now covers a large area including the sand banks between the Lune and Fleetwood.

Saturday, 24 January 2015


At 12.24 today Coastguards at the National Maritime Operations Centre received a VHF radio broadcast from a yacht which had seen a dinghy capsize in Southampton water.  Hamble Independent Lifeboat was asked to attend.  The Southampton Harbour patrol vessel was also on scene very quickly and reported to the Coastguard that they had recovered three people safely on board.  The Red Funnel ferry nearby deployed a fast response boat to attend to the floating dinghy, which may have presented a danger to other vessels.

The three people were taken to Netley Sailing Club and checked by an ambulance crew and found to be cold but uninjured.

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Friday, 23 January 2015


The Hoegh Osaka ran aground on the Bramble Bank on Saturday 3rd January 2015.

Yesterday, at 1415 hrs, the Heogh Osaka moved from her position in Alpha anchorage towards the port of Southampton.  This was slightly ahead of schedule because the ship’s crew managed to lift the anchor quicker than planned. 

The vessel was safely delivered to Berth 101 in the Port of Southampton, four hours later, at 1815hrs .

The Heogh Osaka is now safely on its berth at Southampton Port. The salvors are currently in charge of the vessel and working to transfer responsibility for the ship back to its owners. Once the ship is safely transferred back to the owners SOSREP will have no further involvement.  

Thursday, 22 January 2015


The vessel list is now at 5 degrees. This means that the vessel will now move from Alpha Anchorage at 1545 (approximately). It will be turned in the right direction.

The Hoegh Osaka is scheduled to arrive at Berth 101 in Southampton Port at 1900 (approximately).

During the towing operation to bring the HOEGH OSAKA in to Southampton Port, a Restricted Airspace (Temporary) (RAT) will be placed 1 mile either side of the navigation route and up to 2000 ft. This is designed to provide essential safety during the towing operation.

There will also be an exclusion zone around the vessel itself of 1,000 metres ahead and behind and 100m either side.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015


The vessel is stable on Aplha Anchorage and the salvage operation is ongoing.

At 10: 30 today the list had been reduced to 25 degrees. All water has been removed from the car decks and it is anticipated that ballast operations will further reduce the list to 15 - 20 degrees today. At this point 
MAIB investigators will board the ship to gather information for their investigation. A skeleton ship’s crew will also board the ship in preparation for its move back to Southampton Port. 

The exact time for the ship to move from Alpha Anchorage to Southampton Port has not finally determined when the conditions are right to do so, e.g. confidence in the ship’s stability, ship’s systems have been started up successfully, time of tide, wave and weather conditions.
The journey is expected to take four hours. Four tugs will help bring the ship in and the salvor will be assisted by two pilots and the ship's master. The attached document shows the route the vessel will take and the timings for the journey. The salvors will remain in charge of the ship until it is safely alongside.

During the towing operation to bring the HOEGH OSAKA in to Southampton Port, a Restricted Airspace (Temporary) (RAT) will be placed 1 mile either side of the navigation route and up to 2000 ft. This is designed to provide essential safety during the towing operation.



Media only are invited to attend a media briefing about the vessel "Hoegh Osaka" at 12.30pm Wednesday 21 Jan 2015 at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency HQ, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Rd, Southampton SO15 1EG.

Hugh Shaw the Secretary of State's Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention, will outline the Salvage Operation Plan for the next 24-48 hours and include the details of the vessels return to port.

Please note there is limited space and no car parking is available. A daily update will be published after the briefing.

Please contact MCA Press Office on 023 8032 9401 and leave your details if you wish to attend.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015


Salvage work continues. The list of the vessel is reducing (the photo shows the vessel lying at 39 degrees on the evening of Monday 19th January 2015. It was originally lying at 52 degrees).

The weather on scene continues to be favourable and the operation to remove clean water from the vessel’s lower car decks continues.

The vessel will stay at Aplha Anchorage until the list has been reduced to around 15 degrees, some ship’s systems have been reinstated and weather conditions are suitable. The long range weather forecast is now indicating that it is unlikely that the Hoegh Osaka will be moved from Alpha Anchorage to a berth at Southampton Port on Wednesday (21st January 2015).

A further update will be issued tomorrow