MURMANSK, April 6 – RIA Novosti. The Dutch ship Eemslift Hendrika, with 12 people on board, has given a distress signal due to heavy bank and loss of speed off the coast of Norway, the crew has been evacuated, but the risk of capsizing the vessel, which contains oil and diesel fuel, remains, NRK reported.
As noted by the TV company, the Dutch ship sent a distress signal on Monday afternoon. The Norwegian Port Authority and Maritime Administration decided to remove eight of the 12 crew members, four sailors, led by the captain, continued to fight for survivability, but after the ship lost speed, rescuers withdrew the remaining crew.
“The main thing at this moment is to prevent the vessel from overturning, which gave a list, and the leakage of heavy oil and diesel fuel,” the words of the representative of the department, Hans-Petter Mortensholm, are quoted in the message.
According to TV, the ship is drifting towards the coast in the Alesund area, according to experts, the probability of capsizing is high due to the strong bank and rough sea in this area – the wave height reaches 15 meters. It is reported that there are about 350 tons of heavy oil and 50 tons of diesel fuel on board. A coast guard ship, as well as an aircraft to assess the situation, moved into the area of the vessel's drift.