The cargo ship Hoegh Osaka lies on its side
The Hoegh Osaka had no chance of surviving the Bramble Bank turn shortly after the vessel departed from the port of Southampton on January 3, 2015 with inadequate stability, according to the investigation into the ship’s listing, flooding and grounding on the Bramble Bank in The Solent.
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch released its report on the investigation on Thursday, citing a failure to assess stability following cargo operations and prior to departure.
The Singapore-flagged pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) Hoegh Osaka had just departed the port of Southampton for Bremerhaven, Germany on Jan. 3, 2015 when it developed a significant starboard list as it rounded the West Bramble buoy in The Solent, causing some cargo shift and resulting in a breach of the hull and flooding. With the list in excess of 40 degrees, the ship lost steering and propulsion, eventually drifting onto the Bramble Bank.