Salvors plans to board an abandoned heavy lift vessel off the west coast of Norway has been postponed until Thursday due weather, the Norwegian Coastal Administration reported in its latest update on the rescue.
The ship, the Eemslift Hendrika, has been adrift since Monday after its crew sent a distress signal after the vessel lost stability in Norwegian Sea approximately 60 nautical miles west of Ålesund. All twelve crew members were evacuated by Monday evening over fears the ship could sink, including four who had to don survival suits and enter the water for rescue by helicopter.
SMIT Salvage has been hired to salvage the vessel. The company has two tugs on scene, the BB Ocean and Normand Drott. The plan was to send a team on board the drifting vessel by helicopter to attached a tow wire today. However, heavy weather is preventing them from boarding and the operation has now delayed until Thursday.
The Norwegian Coast Administration reports that current drift calculations indicate there is a low of the ship running aground.
In addition to cargo both above and below deck, on board is approximately 350 tonnes of heavy oil and 50 tonnes of diesel. A green workboat that was previously on deck has already been lost, but was spotted in the area still afloat.
“Life and health are always the first priority during an incident like this, and it must be safe to carry out the rescue,” said emergency director Hans Petter Mortensholm.
Built in 2015, Eemslift Hendrika is a yacht transport ship operated by Monacobased Starclass Yacht Transport. AIS data shows the ship departed Bremerhaven, Germany on March 4 with a destination of Kolvereid, Norway.
An updated video of the vessel is below:
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