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Boskalis lays a rudderless vessel, Eemslift Hendrika, in port | Abroad

UPDATE / VIDEOThe Boskalis salvage team managed to tow the previously rudderless Dutch freighter Eemslift Hendrika into the Norwegian port of Ålesund. According to a Boskalis spokesperson, the ship will be moored in the port just before 6.30 pm. The Eemslift Hendrika was on its way from Bremerhaven in Germany to the Norwegian port of Kolvereid, a lot further north than Ålesund.


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It got into trouble on Monday due to a shifting load and therefore listed in a turbulent sea with meters-high waves. The crew was disembarked, the ship was left adrift and drifted off the Norwegian coast without a working main engine. A Boskalis salvage team was brought on board the abandoned ship by helicopter and that team towed two tugs, the Normand Drott in the front and the BB Ocean in the rear.

It did not all happen by itself, says Boskalis spokesperson Martijn Schuttevaêr. “The coast guard is used to taking people off a ship and not putting new people on a rudderless ship. That did lead to a discussion for a while. ”

All the more because calculations by the Norwegians indicated that the ship from Delfzijl would drift along the Norwegian coast and specialists from Boskalis stated that without a rescue operation, the Eemslift Hendrika would crash on the rocks. With all its consequences, says Schuttevaêr. “There is a beautiful nature reserve with a few beaches. If he were to walk on it, you can pull him out easily and reasonably damage-free. But the chance that he would collide with the rocks is many times greater. Then the ship would be ripped open, with an enormous risk of an oil leak. And that’s the last thing you want in that place. ”

Heating oil and diesel

This was also reported by Hans Petter Mortensholm, head of the Norwegian coast guard. According to him, everything had to be done to save the ship from destruction, as there is 350 cubic meters of heavy fuel oil and 70 cubic meters of diesel on board.

“This is the time pressure that comes with a normal salvage,” says Schuttevaêr. “Last week, when Ever Given was salvaged in the Suez Canal, we had to deal with a completely different time pressure. Namely an economic pressure and the fact that the whole world was watching our fingers. Now it is mainly the prevention of a major environmental disaster. That is why it is very nice that this salvage was also successful before the ship is folded onto the coast.

The ship is now being stabilized on Thursday evening. “The ship is stable, but still leans by about 7 degrees to the right,” said the spokesman. “That means that we have to pump with water to get the ship horizontal again.” The original crew will come back on board and Boskalis employees may be able to help unload the cargo. “But that depends on whether the owner thinks it is necessary.”

Out of control

The Eemslift Hendrika was located 12 kilometers from the Norwegian coast when the towing connection was established. The ship of the shipping company Amasus Shipping in Delfzijl got into trouble on Monday due to a shifting cargo. The crew of twelve was taken off board by helicopter and taken to Ålesund. The captain is said to have been injured, but it is unknown how seriously. The ship was en route from Bremerhaven, Germany to the Norwegian port of Kolvereid.

The rudderless ship Eemslift Hendrika. © AFP

Images of the Norwegian Rescue Brigade.
Images of the Norwegian Rescue Brigade. © AFP

Images of the Norwegian Rescue Brigade.
Images of the Norwegian Rescue Brigade. © EPA

Salvage attempt of cargo ship Eemslift Hendrika.
Salvage attempt of cargo ship Eemslift Hendrika. © ANP Graphics

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