Eemslift Hendrika

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Name Eemslift Hendrika
Date 05 April 2021
Year of Build 2015
Casualty type Listing
Vessel Type General Cargo - VT GGC

* It is reported that general cargo vessel, EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA, developed a heavy list as a consequence of a shift of deck cargo whilst navigating the Norwegian Sea in challenging weather conditions, approximately 60 nautical miles west of Alesund, Norway on 5 April 2021.

* The vessel is reported to have been listing by up to 50 degrees to starboard and to have taken on water. The Master issued a distress signal as a consequence of the list and eight crew members were later evacuated from the vessel. The remaining four crew members remained on board to attempt to salvage the vessel.

* Norwegian Coastguard vessels were deployed to assist the vessel and pumps were delivered by helicopter to assist the salvage operation but despite the best efforts of the remaining crew on board, the vessel was later abandoned amid of fears of the vessel capsizing.

* It is now reported that shipowners have contracted with professional salvors under Lloyd's Open Form terms to attempt to salvage the vessel and two tugs have been despatched to the vessel with the objective of taking the vessel under tow to a place of safety.

* Consequently Salvage Security may be demanded from a source in the UK and W K Webster may be able to assist. Security provided by WKW is acceptable to the Council of Lloyd's and widely preferred by professional Salvors.

* It is also possible that shipowners may declare GA as a result of this casualty. If so, General Average security may also be required from all Cargo Interests prior to the delivery of their cargo and we are also likely to be able to assist in that regard.

* It is also reported that at least one service vessel and heavy lift equipment carried on board EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA as deck cargo have been lost overboard from the vessel. The service vessel is reported to have been located adrift some distance from the vessel and may later be retrieved by salvors or other parties.

* Recovery issues may therefore also arise as a result of any loss or damage to cargo stowed on board the vessel.

* We therefore recommend that you contact us urgently if you are concerned with any cargo on board this vessel so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.

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