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Media: Svitzer to salvage capsized Höegh ship

According to news agency dpa, Danish Svitzer has been contacted in relation to salvaging the stranded Höegh Autoliners ship that is currently listing off the coast of southern England.

German news agency dpa reports that salvage company Svitzer has been contacted in relation to assisting with the salvage of car carrier Höegh Osaka, which belongs to Norwegian-owned carrier Höegh Autoliners. The ship, loaded with a cargo of 1,400 cars, is currently stranded at a 45 degree list off the Isle of Wight south of England.

The ship, which is registered in Singapore, was headed for Germany when it encountered problems with the steering, after which the captain, according to local media, decided to run the ship aground, reports Ritzau.

The 25-man crew has come ashore while experts are looking at ways to salvage the vessel.

Ingar Skiaker, CEO of Höegh Autoliners, says that the only way to avoid a disaster was to run the 180 meter car transport vessel ashore.

Ingar Skiaker adds that no oil spills have been reported from the grounded vessel and that British authorities have prepared their contingency measures in case oil does spill.

The ship was carrying a pilot on board and sailing in fine weather, reports dpa.

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