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Hoegh Osaka report published

Listing, flooding and grounding of Hoegh Osaka, on the Bramble Bank in The Solent.

Hoegh Osaka

Hoegh Osaka

The report into MAIB’s investigation of the listing, flooding and grounding of pure car and truck carrier Hoegh Osaka on the Bramble Bank, The Solent on 3 January 2015 is now published.

In his statement to the media, Steve Clinch, The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents stated:

The MAIB’s investigation found that Hoegh Osaka’s stability did not meet the minimum international requirements for ships proceeding to sea. The cargo loading plan had not been adjusted for a change to the ship’s usual journey pattern and the number of vehicles due to be loaded according to the pre stowage plan was significantly different from than that of the final tally. The estimated weight of cargo was also less than the actual weight. Crucially, the assumed distribution of ballast on board, bore no resemblance to reality, which resulted in the ship leaving Southampton with a higher centre of gravity than normal.

This accident is a stark reminder of what can happen when shortcuts are taken in the interest of expediency. It is therefore imperative that working practices adopted by the car carrier industry ensure that there is always sufficient time and that accurate data is available on completion of cargo operations to enable the stability of such vessels to be properly calculated before departure.

Read the MAIB report.

A safety flyer for the shipping industry has also been produced summarising the accident and detailing the safety lessons learned.

A video statement by the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents was also released today:

MAIB statement

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Published 17 March 2016
Last updated 17 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Chief Inspector video statement now available.

  2. First published.