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Team Sea and Coast | 07/04/2021
An abandoned Dutch heavy-lift vessel is adrift in a storm off the Norwegian coast with the situation being continuously monitored by the Norwegian Coastal Authority.
The ship poses a danger of causing environmental hazard even when the situation may have improved.
The vessel named, Eemslift Hendrika, is stuck approximately 40 to 50 nautical miles west of Alesund, Norway in a storm whose wind force speed is above 40 mph with the seas moving at 15 to 18 meters. Although the vessel is gradually drifting towards the shore, the authorities are worried about its grounding as the weather might hold it offshore.
The captain of the ship had alarmed a distress call when some of the its cargo shifted because of the action of the high seas and the Norwegian authorities went directly into action and moved majority of the crew safely but the captain and three crew members chose to remain onboard to carry on attempts to manage the situation. When the vessel lost power, the captain and the remaining crew were left with no option but to abandon the ship.
The ship owners are constantly at work with the Norwegian Coastal Authority and have hired a Smit to try a salvage of the ship. Two tugboats have been dispatched by Boskalis and are anticipated to reach the abandoned vessel Wednesday morning. If the weather conditions are favourable, a crew will board the vessel to attempt the attachment of towline. A vessel is monitoring this situation and they aim to escort the tow to shore. The Norwegian Coast Guard is prepared to respond to any oil spill occurrence.
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