Officials said today that two tugboats had reached the Dutch freighter Eemslift Hendrik, which was threatened by sinking in troubled Norwegian waters.
In the next few hours, the tugboat should tow the unmanned 112-meter cargo ship in the North Sea to shore.
Norwegian coastal authorities said emergency rescuers also arrived by helicopter to help tie the ropes.
People are worried that the ship may sink and oil may leak into the sea. The ship carries about 350 tons of oil and 50 tons of diesel.
The tug was chartered by the Dutch rescue company Smith Salvage.
Smith Salvage is a subsidiary of the maritime services company Boskalis, which leads the Ever Given rescue operation on the Suez Canal. After the cargo ship was hit by a storm, it called for help on Monday.
Local authorities said on Tuesday that the staff were evacuated later on Monday after the stormy weather.
Approximately 12 crew members jumped into the water from the tilted boat, after which they were rescued by helicopter, while others were rescued directly from the deck.
Norwegian officials said that everyone is safe, but the ship is in danger of sinking.
Hans Petr Mortensen of the Norwegian Coastal Administration told NRK TV: “The ship’s main engine broke down at night and landed floating.”
He said: “It is in danger of overturning and sinking,” he added and an oil spill may occur.
Coastal authorities said that by Tuesday night, the freighter was located 40 to 50 nautical miles (74 to 93 kilometers) west of Alesund on the Norwegian coast.