Norwegians plan to tow stricken Dutch ship to shore

Early Wednesday morning two tugs – BB Ocean and Normand Drott – arrived at the drifting Dutch ship Eemslift Hendrika and plans are underway to tow the vessel to port.

The ship ran into difficulties off Alesund in Norway early yesterday morning when some of the boats it was shipping shifted position on deck during heavy weather. The ship listed, and eventually all crew were forced to evacuate.

The Eemslift Hendrika is currently about 40 nautical miles west of Ålesund, but only about 30 nautical miles from land. A gale is blowing in the area.

On Tuesday, the largest of the work boats being shipped fell off the cargo deck of the Eemslift Hendrika. The boat, which was ordered by AQS via shipbuilder Moen Marin, is located 2.8 km away from the casualty.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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