One of the Hoegh Autoliners vehicle carrier around is the 2000 built HOEGH OSAKA.
She was built in Japan by Tsuneishi Tadotsu Factory at Tadotso with yard number 1161 as the MAERSK WIND after she was ordered on 29th November, 1997. She was laid down on 3rd December, 1999 and completed on 7th September,2000. She was sold to Leif Höegh & Co later Hoegh Autoliners in 2008 and was renamed HOEGH OSAKA in August 2011. She’s 179.90 metres long with 32.20 metres beam and maximum draught is 10.15 metres.
She is powered by a Mitsubishi 8UEC60LS Diesel Engine rated at 19,140 horsepower (14,270 kW) with a single fixed-pitch propeller, of which her maximum speed is 19.2 knots.
With 24 crew she has the capacity of 2,520 CEU’s or 450 trucks.
Above images are while she’s entering Grand Harbour, Malta back to Monday 23rd June, 2014 while the below are of the same ship loading/discharging cars at Malta Freeport at Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta on Sunday 17th October, 2012.
On Saturday 3rd January, 2015 she developed a severe list and was intentionally grounded by the pilot on the Bramble Bank in the Solent of which both her crew and pilot were subsequently rescued.
On Thursday 22nd January, 2015 she was towed in to Southampton, salvage operations having reduced the list to 5 degrees.
On Tuesday 10th February, 2015 HOEGH OSAKA left Southampton bound to Falmouth, Cornwall for repairs. She returned to service on Friday 20th February, 2015 sailing from Falmouth, UK to Bar, Montenegro via Gibraltar.
Hoegh Autoliners are handled by Sullivan Maritime Ltd – www.sullivanmaritime.com
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Published – Tuesday 16th March, 2021.