The rescue team managed to board an abandoned Dutch cargo ship in turbulent Norwegian waters early on Thursday morning and was preparing to tow it to a safe location, thus avoiding an oil spill.
The Norwegian Coast Guard announced that the rescue team had boarded the Eemslift Hendrika cargo ship and connected it to two tugboats.
The tugboat is now towing the Eemslift to the port of Alesund in Norway.
The Coast Guard said in a statement: “The rescue team was able to board the uncontrolled Eemslift Hendrika and connect it with two tugboats.”
It is important to gain control of the ship, because there is an increasing risk of capsizing or hitting the mainland in the increasingly turbulent ocean.
Due to bad weather, the ship’s rescue operation was initially postponed until Thursday, 10 nautical miles from the Norwegian coast.
Officials said the ship may float for another eight hours and are worried about sinking and oil spills.
That is, this 112-meter-long ship transported about 350 tons of heavy oil and 50 tons of diesel.
The Norwegian Coastal Authority said that besides sending two tugboats to drag him ashore on Wednesday, emergency rescuers also arrived by helicopter to help tie the ropes.
The tug was rented from the Dutch rescue company Smith Salvage.
The company is a subsidiary of Boscalis, which recently withdrew the Ever Ever giant ship from the Suez Canal.
After the storm, on Monday, Eemslift asked for help. The transfer of cargo caused the ship to become unstable.
After the storm, the staff were evacuated later on Monday.
Twelve crew members jumped into the water from a steeply inclined ship, after which they were rescued by a helicopter, while the others were rescued directly from the deck.