A tug working on the salvage of the Höegh Osaka has collided with the vessel over the weekend.
It is one of two boats currently in place around the 52,000-gt vessel, which is still at anchor on the Alpha Anchorage.
According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, weather conditions have been preventing any activity on the vessel except to connect the third tug.
“Unfortunately, during the afternoon, one of the two tugs already in place moved from her position and collided with the Höegh Osaka,” MCA explained.
“There were no injuries to personnel, but the tug received some damage and it was replaced by another tug. No pollution occurred during this incident.
“The main concern at the moment is the weather and the forecast for continuing high winds in the coming week.
“Plans are being refined to meet the challenges this presents. In particular, the salvors now intend to start ballasting work before pumping the 3000t of water out of the vessel.
“They have managed to board the ship Sunday and will ensure the pump is working, but they will also look at the ballast system.”
The car carrier was purposely run aground on the 3rd of January after it began to list dangerously in the main shipping lane off Southampton.
According to reports, the Höegh Osaka was carrying 1,400 cars on board, including Jaguars, Land Rovers and Minis.