Picture the scene: it’s April 5, 2021, and the 4,200 dwt Eemslift Hendrika, a Dutch lift/cargo ship, is in trouble around 60 nautical miles off the Norwegian coast. En route from Germany to Norway, the ship has found itself caught in extremely bad weather, rocked by swell heavy enough to shift the onboard cargo. To make matters worse, the vessel has lost its propulsion. Now listing 15–30 degrees to starboard, the Hendrika, with its 12 crew members, is in imminent danger of capsizing.
It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen – so how did the salvage team overcome the odds and pull off an astounding rescue?
A success story against all odds
Strong fibers, strong teamwork
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