Car carriers and stuff

 That big car carrier which went aground in the Solent a couple of weeks back seems to be on the brink of salvage. Hip hip hooray.

 Good news for all us folks wott are expecting a delivery of Land Rovers, JCBs and other posh bits of motoring kit. That said, old allatsea isn’t in that bracket, a Nissan Van and an aging Merc are quite sufficient thank you all the same. Indeed even that ‘umble road transport isn’t used very much or driven very far.  A trip to the local hell hole shopping centre known as Westwood Cross is just about the limit. A trip there this morning revealed near ghosttown emptiness and haunted figures  scuttling for shelter from the sleet showers. The only place that had a hint of business was the Subway sandwich bar. Gawd help us, that’s a sign of how far things have slipped. Subway??? Eeeeyukk. Purveyors of the pappiest bread from the capital of pappy breadland. Imho of course.

Meanwhile.

Gas prices down….shock.

Water rates in this morning, the water company owes the Towers the best part of three months water….fankyoo chaps. In the bank by tomorrow please.

With Tesco’s fine 20p off a litre for road fuel deal, the diesel for said van and car are now as cheap as it was 10 years ago. Joy, deeeep joy……….

Wetherspoons winter sale has kicked in and a chap can now get happily hammered and eat 20,000 calories for less than a tenner.

Crikey, the weather might be a bit on the parky side (that said it is January in Northern Europe for goodness sake) but with all these falling prices, who’s to want more?

Erm, well we could do with a bit less IS aspiration for world domination and cross our fingers in the hope that  Ukraine and Russia stop trying to kick the shite out of each other. An end to cancer, world hunger, poverty  and natural catastrophes wouldn’t go amiss either!

Anyway, back to boat stuff. This in from gCaptain. Thanks lads.

Hoegh Osaka Salvage Makes Progress

BY MIKE SCHULER ON JANUARY 19, 2015

Photo courtesy UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Photo courtesy UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

If all goes according to plan the Hoegh Osaka car carrier could be moved to the port of Southampton as early as Wednesday, nearly three weeks after the ship was intentionally beached on the Bramble Bank in the Solent.

Over the weekend, the ship remained stable at the Alpha Anchorage as a much needed break in the weather allowed salvors to pump water from the vessel and continue ballasting operations, reducing the list to 47 degrees. Divers meanwhile were in the water carrying out inspections of the ship’s hull, determining that there is no significant damage.

On Sunday, the Secretary of State’s Representative for Intervention and Salvage (SOSREP) was at the site to witness the ongoing salvage operations, which are said to be “progressing well” according to the UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA).

Pumpin operations. Photo courtesy MCA

Pumping operations. Photo courtesy MCA

According to Monday’s update from the MCA, de-watering operations finished at 11:30 Monday and preparations were underway to begin pumping water remaining in the car decks into the empty fuel tanks of the ship. As was reported previously, an estimated 3,000 tons of water entered the vessel through a crack in hull and an oily film, reported to be hydraulic fluid from the cars, had developed on the surface. The plan was to pump the clean water from the bottom in order to avoid the contaminated water. The update on Monday added that the list was expected to improve slowly “over the coming hours”.

Weather conditions are expected to remain favourable over the coming days, and salvors plan to move the Hoegh Osaka to the port of Southampton later this week, possibly as soon as late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Photo courtesy MCA

Photo courtesy MCA

The Hoegh Osaka, carrying some 1,400 cars, was intentionally grounded on the Bramble Bank in the Solent on Saturday, January 3 after the ship developed a severe list shortly after departure from Southampton. The ship self-refloated in high water and strong winds on January 7 and has since been held in position by tugs at the nearby Alpha Anchorage. Strong winds have played a critical role throughout the entire salvage project, however the ship has remained stable and no pollution has been reported.

The ongoing salvage is being managed by Svitzer (Bloody Danish, coming over here, taking our jobs  and salvaging our ships, it’s a disgrace) {Thank you for that UKIP}

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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