HELSINKI (AP) – Despite heavy seas, a Norwegian-Dutch rescue operation has managed to take control of an abandoned Dutch cargo ship off the coast of Norway, which was carrying a ship to port on Thursday.
Norwegian officials say a rescue operation for the Eemslift Hendrika, a Dutch-registered ship carrying large ships, ended early Thursday morning as the ship was slowly making its way to the western city of Alesund.
The ship’s 12-person crew was rescued by helicopter late Monday night after a power outage in its main engine. The Norwegian Coast Guard, based in the town of Alesund, launched a rescue operation late Wednesday evening as it became clear that the turbulent seas could cause the ship to sink ashore.
The ship has a significant amount of fuel in the tanks, which could cause an environmental disaster. Norwegian naval authorities issued an emergency call late Wednesday evening and began preparing for an oil spill.
Eemslift Hendrika was located in the confluence of the North and Norwegian Seas. Rescue workers were aboard a ship with a steep list on Wednesday to attach tow ropes to waiting ships.
A large ship on the deck of a 6-year-old cargo ship sank in heavy seas on Tuesday, but was found by Norwegian coast guard և secured on another tug.