The Dutch-flagged freighter Eemslift Hendrik, which had been drifting off the coast of Norway for several days, was towed to a safe place. The crew of the vessel was evacuated from the deck after the ship heeled to the side due to the storm and began to take on water.
The trouble of Hendrik’s Eemslift, transporting the yachts, began on Monday evening. During the storm, the cargo began to move and water burst onto the deck. The crew was evacuated by the Norwegian Coast Guard and has since drifted off the coast of Norway.
Wednesday is Dutch Boskalis has started preparations for the rescue operation. The same company recently successfully participated in the displacement of a container ship that blocked the Suez Canal.
According to information from Dutch media, rescuers managed to connect the drifting ship with a tug boat at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday. “We are now at a safe distance from the coast and looking for a place to dock,” a spokesman for NOS told NOS.
Eemslift Hendrika is owned by the Dutch company Amasus Shipping. The yacht transport vessel sailed from Bremerhaven in Germany to Kolvereid in Norway.
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