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OSLO – A Dutch freighter that was abandoned at sea in a storm this week is set to run aground in Norway early Thursday and could cause an oil spill unless a last ditch effort to save the ship is made. wins, local officials said on Wednesday. .

The Eemslift Hendrika, poorly listed after parts of its cargo were moved in bad weather, is adrift just 18 kilometers (11 miles) from shore and could make landfall around 02:30 GMT, the Norwegian Administration said. coastline (NCA).

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While the NCA had earlier said the Hendrika was drifting parallel to the coast and rescue efforts could wait another day while two large tugs remain on hold, she will now ramp up the effort.

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“We managed to get a rescue team down on the Eemslift Hendrika. They are working to establish tow lines, ”the NCA said in a statement.

The Hendrika has around 350 tonnes of heavy oil and 50 tonnes of diesel in its tanks, he added.

Images released Tuesday by the Norwegian Rescue Coordination Center showed some of the original crew members jumping into the sea before being rescued by helicopter. Others were hoisted directly from the bridge.

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The Coastal Administration said Wednesday evening it had invoked a government mandate to resume full operational command of the rescue operation, and that equipment had been mobilized along the coast to combat the spread of any spill of oil.

Built in 2015 and registered in the Netherlands, the 111.6-meter (366-foot) Eemslift Hendrika is a yacht transport vessel, carrying smaller boats on its deck, according to Monaco-based Starclass Yacht Transport, which markets the services of the ship.

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(Reporting by Terje Solsvik in Oslo; editing by Matthew Lewis)

Photograph: A view of the Dutch cargo ship Eemslift Hendrik in the Norwegian Sea on Monday, April 5, 2021. The vessel issued an emergency signal after the cargo had moved. A rescue helicopter rescued several crew members. Photo credit: Rescue Helicopter Floro / HSS Sor-Norge / NTB via UKTN.

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