The Hoegh Osaka could be moved from its position on the Solent as early as Wednesday, according to a statement from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on Monday.
The Secretary of State’s Representative for Intervention and Salvage visited the site of the Hoegh Osaka on Sunday to view operations, reporting that de-watering operations had finished and that preparations were underway to begin the operation to pump the water that remains in the car decks into the empty fuel tanks on the ship.
The statement added: "The list is now at 47 degrees and we expect it to improve slowly over the coming hours in accordance with the plan. Salvors plan to move the Hoegh Osaka to Southampton Port later this week, possibly late on Wednesday or early on Thursday."
The vessel has been aground in the Solent since January 3 when it developed a list leaving Southampton dock.