Norwegians wrestle control of the Eemslift Hendrika

Salvors and the local coast guard battled high winds and stormy conditions for most of yesterday, eventually averting disaster by securing a tow line to the Eemslift Hendrika, a Dutch general cargo ship that was listing and adrift after some of the boats it was transporting shifted on Monday, forcing all crew to evacuate.

“During the evening, there was a successful operation to put crew from the Dutch salvage company Smit Salvage, plus a rescuer on board the Eemslift Hendrika. They managed to connect the vessel to two tugboats — both at the bow and stern of the ship,” the Norwegian Coastal Administration said in a statement on its website.

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.


  1. I guess cargo did not shift. The problem was related with a hold flooded by sea water through leaking hatches. This tiny ship became unstable quick.

  2. Hatch covers are often overlooked regarding safety.As a former MacGregor serv engineer ive seen many bad ones.

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