Entire crew evacuated Dutch freighter with cargo for over €10 million, including 24-metre service vessel, onboard

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4,200-tonne dutch “Eemslift Hendrika” floats without a crew with three aquaculture vessels on board.

The Dutch cargo vessel had to send out an emergency message on Monday after the cargo shifted and the ship lost engine power due to stormy weather.

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According to Marine Traffic, the cargo ship “Eemslift Hendrika” is at 06:30 on Tuesday, about 70 nautical miles northwest of Ålesund, Western Norway.

The ship’s captain decided earlier on Monday evening that the remaining four of a crew of a total of 12 people should leave the 4,200-tonne vessel.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration has sent the coast guard ship “Sortland” out to monitor the casualty. “Sortland” is expected to arrive at “Eemslift Hendrika” during the afternoon on Tuesday.

There are currently strong winds, with 44 knots speed, and 15 meter high waves in the area.

“The vessel has been abandoned and the remaining four crew have been evacuated by a rescue helicopter. One person reported injured and taken to hospital. The Norwegian Coastal Administration and the shipping company are working on a further plan for handling the vessel,” the Main Rescue Centre wrote on Twitter.

One injured
“One person has been injured with an unknown extent, and the persons are likely to be flown to hospitals on land,” rescue manager Kjetil Hagen told the news site VG.

Onboard the 111.6-metre cargo ship is, among other things, three service vessels built for Moen Marin. SalmonBusiness has reason to believe combined they are worth over EUR 10 million. A cabin cruiser is also on board.

This includes a brand new 24-metre service vessel worth EUR 6.6 million, which was ordered by the aquaculture services company AQS.

PHOTO: Marine Traffic

“Eemslift Hendrika” was on its way from Bremerhaven (Germany), to Kolvereid (Central Norway), when the cargo shifted during a heavy storm on Monday morning.

Danger
Ingrid Lauvrak, head of security at the Norwegian Coastal Administration, told VG on Monday that it is now up to the shipping company to make a plan for further handling of the boat.

“What we need to take care of now is that the vessel does not become a danger to other shipping traffic or ends up as a pollution,” she said.

According to Marine Traffic, the longliner “Veststeinen” is close to the site.