The Dutch freighter Eemslift Hendrika has been adrift for two days in the Norwegian Sea, without engines or crew. It should be taken in tow on Wednesday, weather conditions permitting, Norwegian maritime authorities said.
Two Norwegian tugs chartered by the Dutch rescue company Smit Salvage arrived in the area where the cargo is located overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, and four Smit Salvage employees are also expected on site. If the weather permits, they will be helicoptered aboard the Eemslift Hendrika to install tow cables before the cargo ship is pulled into calmer waters.
A spectacular evacuation
The Eemslift Hendrika had launched a distress call late Monday morning while carrying several smaller boats between Bremerhaven (Germany) and Kolvereid (Norway). In the grip of an engine damage, it had been evacuated in spectacular circumstances by its twelve crew members when it presented a significant list, causing the Norwegian authorities to fear that it would capsize and cause an oil leak.
Having lost part of its cargo, one of the boats that was on the deck, and benefiting from a slight improvement in the weather, the ship gained stability, said the Norwegian coastal administration.