Sky News understands the arrival of the first asylum seekers on the controversial Baby Stockholm barge has been delayed until next week.
The ship, opposed by local MPs and residents, arrived in Portland on the Dorset coast last week.
Announcing his arrival in a tweet on July 18, the Home Office said: “Next week the first asylum seekers will be moved on board as part of a carefully planned plan to gradually increase numbers.”
However, it is understood that more work is needed to prepare the ship for the first arrivals.
The 222-bedroom barge will start housing the first 50 single men as soon as next week.
The barge is expected to eventually carry 500 people who are currently staying in hotels.