The latest pictures of the incident show that Eemslift Hendrika lost part of its cargo, namely the green boat in the photo above, taken on 5 April 2021 Photo: Hovedredningssentralen

OSLO, 6 April (Reuters) – Emergency teams worked Tuesday to prevent a Dutch cargo ship floating in the North Sea from sinking and spilling oil off Norway’s coast after the crew had to be evacuated in stormy weather
The footage released by the Norwegian Rescue Coordination Center showed some of the 12 crew members jumping into the sea from the poorly listed Hendrika Eemslift late Monday before being rescued by helicopter; others were hoisted straight from the deck

Everyone has been brought to safety, but the ship has continued to migrate towards land. It is currently about 74 km off the coast of Norway

The wind is expected to gradually shift the ship onto a course parallel to the shore, which will give the rescue operation more time, Hans Petter Mortensholm of the Norwegian Coastal Administration told Reuters

“Our calculations now suggest a window of time that will last until just after noon on Wednesday,” he said, “The pollution risk is our main concern,”

The Hendrika has around 350 tons of heavy fuel oil and 50 tons of diesel in its tanks, informed the coastal administration with

Smit Salvage, a subsidiary of Dutch marine services company Boskalis, told Reuters it had been hired to rescue the ship and was mobilizing a team to be dispatched to Norway later Tuesday

If safety permits, Smit would try to get his own crew on board the Hendrika and connect the ship to what is known as an anchor handling tug, a powerful ship built to transport drilling rigs for the oil industry

“The aim is to put you on a towline and to a quieter place,” said Martijn Schuttevaer, spokesman for Smit Salvage

A Norwegian Coast Guard ship is on standby in the area and could also be used for towing, said the Coastal Administration

Built in 2015 and registered in the Netherlands, the 1116 meters (366 feet) Eemslift Hendrika is a yacht transport ship that carries smaller boats on its deck, according to Starclass Yacht Transport from Monaco, which markets the shipping services

One of the smaller ships, which were strapped to deck, fell off in the storm, the coast administration announced (reporting by Terje Solsvik in Oslo and Anthony Deutsch in Amsterdam; editing by David Goodman, Gareth Jones and David Evans)

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