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    The Norwegian coastguard rescued 11 Dutch crew members from their ship.
    The heavy winds and high waves caused serious stability problems, eventually the main engine shut down.
    The vessel was sailing approximately 100NM west of the Norwegian mainland.
    A Dutch salvage company (Bos Kalis) will start a salvage attempt.


    Latest position 1745 UTC= N62 deg 46' 29.41 E004 deg 30' 15.82
    Last edited by dutchpp; 04-06-2021 at 12:46 PM.

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    Wow!

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    MMD...does that look like cargo shifted or just like the stability calcs need some work? It says it's a "Heavy Lift Vessel"; could this have been avoided by partially flooding some ballast tanks, or are they sufficiently baffled to take the rolling?

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    They lost steering and after a while engine power. Big waves. Lots of wind. Heavy conditions.
    The deck cargo broke loose many hours ago. The green workboat had fallen completely off. The boat behind it is loose and had swung around with half hanging off the side of the cargo ship. In the news an hour ago, it appeared to have fallen off, too.

    The conditions were so rough that only some of the crew could be air lifted from the ship. The others had to jump into the sea and be picked up there.
    A large Coast Guard ship arrived a few hours ago. I don't believe they have even tried to get a tow fastened.
    Meanwhile, the owner has ordered a rescue/tow ship from NL. It should arrive tomorrow... about the same time-window for the ship to drift onto the coast.

    The weather here has calmed down a lot. Don't know the conditions there, a ways north of me and 100km offshore.

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    Hugh, there are so many possible causes. It does not look like the deck cargo has shifted, so it could well be a ballasting problem The little clip above mentions that her main engines shut down, so it is possible that the auxiliaries are down, too. Without these, there is no power to run ballast & fuel pumps, so it could realistically be a ballast issue. As a heavy-lift ship, her stability booklet will be at the level that every stability booklet wishes it could be, and she will have real-time stability evaluation software operated by a person who is an absolute whiz at stability calcs and who will know this ship inside-out. So, no, I would be very confident that the issue does not stem from ill-prepared stability information. I am betting on a mechanical/electrical failure in the ballast valving, causing a valve (or several) to be open when they shouldn't be, and ballast has drained from the port side tanks into the stbd ones. With no power, and limited access in a dark ship in what looks like humungous seas, the crew were probably not able to effect repairs and remedy the situation before it got too dangerous to stay aboard. But that is entirely just guessing on my part.
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    Dutch sources mentioned shifting cargo as the initial problem in 50-60 ft waves, followed by significant heeling. MMD's scenario seems plausible after the initial problems.
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    As lagspiller said some of the cargo has gone overboard. These are the latests images, it doesn't look hopeful.
    When drifting the ETA Norwegian coast is Wednesday afternoon. On board; a couple of hundred tons of heavy oil and 50 tons of diesel fuel.

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    I read that two bowthruster units, being carried as cargo, under deck, had shifted and had holed the hull. After that free surface does the rest.

    Stowing these little heavy lift ships can be tricky, particularly when you have stevedores who are not familiar with these ships and their heavy, awkward shaped, cargo items. Don’t ask me how I know this.
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    You are much better seated than I to have such information, Andrew. I was merely speculating. Yours is much more plausible.
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    One of the problems is that manufacturers will insist on crating their items for shipment, all too often with no idea of the forces that are going to be exerted in a seaway. A pretty crate may look strong and it may stop you from lashing direct to the strong points. That might have happened here - I am just speculating about why two bow thruster units decided to jump out of their stowage and make a break for freedom.

    Agree with mmd that these ships know their stability very well.
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    Glad the people are safe. "Stuff" comes after.

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    https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais...IFT%20HENDRIKA


    You need a tug and then, after the crew disembark, three come along at once.

    So plenty of tugs but no easy way to get aboard.


    This reminds me of a day in September 1977 when the British coaster “Fred Everard” had a timber cargo shift off the Shetlands and got Smit’s “Mississippi”, Bugsier’s “Pacific” and a Norwegian anchor handler called the “Lunde Senior”, all for a coaster...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post


    This reminds me of a day in September 1977 when the British coaster “Fred Everard” had a timber cargo shift off the Shetlands and got Smit’s “Mississippi”, Bugsier’s “Pacific” and a Norwegian anchor handler called the “Lunde Senior”, all for a coaster...
    As a former Lloyds employee you probably know why

    The Dutch "runners" are preparing to go aboard around 1300-1400 ( by helicopter) to establish the towlines.

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    The operation to board the ship has been postponed until tomorrow, Thursday. The conditions are steadily improving and drift calculations show that that the ship is in no imminent danger of striking land, so it has been decided that it is better to wait for the conditions to improve further and avoid taking unnecessary risks.

    https://kystverket.no/Nyheter/2021/a...lift-hendrika/
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    Default Re: Norwegian coastguard rescues Dutch crew

    I never see Colin Archer type boats welded to the decks of these type o things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oyvind Snibsoer View Post
    The operation to board the ship has been postponed until tomorrow, Thursday. The conditions are steadily improving and drift calculations show that that the ship is in no imminent danger of striking land, so it has been decided that it is better to wait for the conditions to improve further and avoid taking unnecessary risks.

    https://kystverket.no/Nyheter/2021/a...lift-hendrika/
    That’s fine, assuming that the rate at which she continues to down flood in the meantime is not sufficient to capsize or sink her.

    This is how it used to be done - no helicopter- just jump!

    https://www.thejournal.ie/flying-ent...65405-Jan2015/
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    At 2200 local time they salvage company succeeded in bringing out the towline to the tug. The vessel is under control now, they will ride out the night and will try to enter a suitable port or fjord tomorrow before another storm will approach the Norwegian coast tomorrow afternoon.
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    Good luck to them! Wonder what happened to the big green boat amidships? Damaged and sunk?

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    ^ I'm not sure, the last info here was that is was still afloat but that priority was given to the salvage of the freighter.

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    The “escaped” fish farm workboat “AQR Tor” has been towed in to Floero.

    The “Eemslift Hendricks” is under tow towards Alesund.
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    ^Thanks for the update.
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    tMsRD7e.jpeg
    Safely tied up in harbour.
    The cargo ship is still under tow by a Norwegian supply ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lagspiller View Post
    tMsRD7e.jpeg
    Safely tied up in harbour.
    The cargo ship is still under tow by a Norwegian supply ship.
    Thanks. She doesn’t look too much the worse for wear, after her adventure, considering that her starboard side took the crane jib off!
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    Just found out a former student and son og good friends and previous collegues is dept head and coordinating the operation in the Kystverk (the govt agency responsible for harbours and coastline... Norwegian Coastal Administration) . He is coordinating the operation between the Dutch, the Coast Guard and the hired ships.
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    The “Eemslift Hendrika” is now safely alongside in Alesund.
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    Good job!

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