Boskalis salvagers towed the Dutch freighter from the high seas to the coast of Norway.On Monday, the Eemslift Hendrika sank get into trouble Due to bad weather, it is now close to the coast.
“Nothing happened and the crew remained healthy,” Boskalis supervisor Peter Berdowski said in the report NOS Radio 1 news. “We hope to be able to sail into the fjord today because it is a bit quiet. We will stabilize the boat and make it upright again. After that, moor and do another work.”
The harsh conditions made salvage a dangerous operation, Berdowski said. The ship is capsized due to the high waves. “Especially when the crew had to be evacuated, you saw waves as high as 7 meters. The boat was almost upright at times. Yesterday, it was a little flat, but there were still waves of about 4 to 5 meters.”
When the sea became calmer yesterday, the operation began:
effective last night Let Eemslift Hendrika recover the four employees of the company. Beldowski said that this is a big challenge. Although according to him, “his” people are used to it. “You notice that the Norwegian authorities are more hesitant than us. Yesterday there was a long discussion to convince the Norwegians that our people can indeed join.”
Unlike the Boskalis model, local authorities also believe that the ship will not drift directly to the coast. “We saw this ship hitting the cliff around midnight. When the ship was seven miles off the coast, the Norwegians themselves saw that it really became more and more difficult.”
The negotiations took so long that the operation could only begin when it was dark. Beldowski said: “That’s very difficult, we would rather do it during the day.” “You have to imagine: those people have to cross such a smooth deck in the dark, forming a slope of 40 degrees. From the tugboat, they have to pick up Wire and see a straight line for the cargo ship. This is a difficult task.”
Eemslift Hendrika is owned by Amasus Shipping in Delfzijl. Cargo ships transported ships from the Mediterranean to Northern Europe. When Eemslift Hendrika encountered bad weather, the cargo still included 7 sailing boats and fishing boats. One of the fishing boats has slipped down.
Beldowski believes: “It will still float somewhere, or it may have disappeared.” “Ships like Eemslift have satellite tracking systems so you can track it neatly. However, the ship on board does not That kind of system. So, especially in that kind of weather, it’s hard to find the situation.”