Photo and text by Norwegian Coastal AdministrationThe Norwegian Coastal Administration mobilized according to their contingency plan against acute pollution, salvage crews managed to get on board the drifting vessel Eemslift Hendrika and managed to connect it to the two tugboats, and the vessel is now being towed to harbour in Ålesund.
After a successful operation the vessel Eemslift Hendrika is now being towed to the port of Ålesund. Conditions changed during the afternoon and evening, and NCA were worried that the vessel would not follow the expected course on which the original plan was based. NCA therefore launched a governmental run operation, so they could have the opportunity to tow the vessel. At the same time, a worst-case scenario has been prepared with get a grounding, says director for preparedness against acute pollution, Hans-Petter Mortensholm.
During the evening, there was a successful operation to place crew from the Dutch salvage company Smit Salvage, plus a rescuer from the helicopter on board the Eemslift Hendrika. They managed to connect the vessel to two tugboats – both at the bow and stern of the ship.
The risk of grounding has been avoided, and the ship will be towed to Ålesund via Breisundet. The Norwegian Coastal Administration maintains emergency preparedness until the ship is safely ashore. The coast guard ship KV Bergen is involved as a security vessel. The NCA have additional vessel resources in readiness in the area.