By JARI TANNER, Related PressHELSINKI (AP) — Regardless of heavy seas, a joint Norwegian-Dutch salvage operation managed to securely tow to land Thursday an deserted Dutch cargo ship that had been adrift off the coast of Norway.
The Eemslift Hendrika, a Netherlands-registered ship designed to hold massive boats, securely docked in port late within the afternoon within the western metropolis of Alesund.
“It’s a cheerful ending to an occasion.
We’re all the time joyful when issues go nicely, so it’s an excellent feeling,” mentioned Captain Sverre Aas from the Norwegian Coast Guard, as quoted by the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.
The Norwegian Coast Guard posted images on Twitter on the moored Eemslift Hendrika in Alesund.
The ship’s crew of 12 was rescued by helicopter late Monday after an influence outage in its essential engine.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration, based mostly in Alesund, launched salvage operation late Wednesday because it turned clear that churning seas may make the drifting ship crash into the shore.
The vessel has substantial portions of diesel and gas in its tanks, which may have prompted an environmental catastrophe.
Norwegian maritime authorities issued an emergency alert late Wednesday and began preparations in case of an oil spill.
The Eemslift Hendrika was adrift within the space the place the North Sea and Norwegian Sea meet.
Salvage consultants have been lowered onto the sharply itemizing ship Wednesday to connect towing ropes to ready tug boats.
One massive boat aboard the deck of the 6-year-old cargo ship fell off in heavy seas Tuesday however was discovered by the Norwegian Coast Guard and secured to a different tug boat.
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