Boskalis has confirmed that its subsidiary Smit Salvage has been hired to salvage the EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA which is currently adrift as an abandoned ship after a heavy list with all crew rescued off the coast of Norway last Monday 5th April, 2021. Read also yesterday article – https://maltashipnews.com/2021/04/06/casualties-crew-abandon-ship-eemslift-hendrika-05-04-2021/
Salvage team arrived as early as Tuesday 6th April, but it is uncertain whether the salvagers can immediately be taken to the ship by helicopter. Last week, Smit Salvage was already involved in the successful salvage operation of EVER GIVEN in the Suez Canal last week. The 1999 built offshore tug supply ship BB OCEAN that left Kristiansund on Tuesday 6th April at 1500 UTC arrived at the casualty location today Wednesday 7th April at 0400 UTC while the 2010 built offshore tug supply ship NORMAND DROTT left Maloy on Tuesday 6th April at 1900 UTC arriving at the casualty location today Wednesday 7th April at 0300 UTC.
Later yesterday Tuesday 6th April, the 24 metre Moen Marin built AQS salmon boat worth Eur6.6 million fell overboard with damaging crane 2 and drifted around 2 miles from the area.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is in close dialogue with the shipping company about salvage, but bad weather in the area is making the salvage operation difficult. There are up to 15m high waves, and the ship is heading towards Stad, Western Norway, which is infamous for shipwrecks. With currents and heavy winds, the vessel may reach the coast in about a day and a half. The 2010 built 92 metre coastguard vessel KV BERGEN W 341 is in the area too.
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Published – Wednesday 7th April, 2021.