Norwegian emergency response team rescues Dutch cargo ship, prevents oil spill

Emergency response groups scrambled on Tuesday to stop a Dutch cargo ship adrift within the North Sea from sinking and inflicting an oil spill off Norway’s coast after the crew needed to be evacuated in stormy climate.

Footage launched by the Norwegian Rescue Coordination Centre confirmed a number of the 12 crew members leaping into the ocean late on Monday from the badly itemizing Eemslift Hendrika earlier than being rescued by helicopter. Others had been hoisted straight from the deck.

All had been delivered to security, however the ship has continued to float in direction of land. It is presently some 74 km (40 miles) off the Norwegian coast.

The wind is anticipated to step by step shift the vessel to a course parallel to the shore, giving the salvage operation extra time, Hans Petter Mortensholm of the Norwegian Coastal Administration advised Reuters.

“Our calculations now indicate a window of opportunity to act, lasting until just after midday on Wednesday,” he stated. “The risk of pollution is our main concern.”

The Hendrika has round 350 tonnes of heavy oil and 50 tonnes of diesel in its tanks, the Coastal Administration stated.

Smit Salvage, a subsidiary of the Dutch marine providers company Boskalis, advised Reuters it had been contracted to attempt saving the ship and was mobilising a team to ship to Norway afterward Tuesday.

Safety allowing, Smit would search to get its personal crew on board the Hendrika and hyperlink the vessel to a so-called anchor dealing with tug, a strong ship constructed to maneuver rigs for the oil business.

“Getting her onto a tow line and to a calmer location, that is the goal,” Smit Salvage spokesman Martijn Schuttevaer stated.

A Norwegian coastguard vessel is on standby within the space and may be used for towing functions, the Coastal Administration stated.

Built in 2015 and registered within the Netherlands, the 111.6 metre (366 ft) Eemslift Hendrika is a yacht transport vessel, carrying smaller boats on its deck, in keeping with Monaco-based Starclass Yacht Transport, which markets the ship’s providers.

One of the smaller vessels strapped to the deck fell off within the storm, the Coastal Administration stated. (Reporting by Terje Solsvik in Oslo and Anthony Deutsch in Amsterdam; Editing by David Goodman, Gareth Jones and David Evans)

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