"to all of you at Star*Class we send our very best wishes for a lucky outcome of this present predicament off the norwegian coast. our thoughts are with you. actually i have never seen a sea running so high as this one, which you see in the video. enormous! good luck, the best of it! any time we would have to transport a boat again we would not hesitate to book with you! kind regards st reith/orion-hamburg (years ago you lifted our Hobby fm Alcudia to R´dam)"

The support from our clients was overwelming

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Our thoughts went out to the crew who were rescued by helicopter

The incredible journey of the “Eemslift Hendrika”,
 

When I started my company “Starclass Yacht Transport” in 1987, I was the captain of my own vessel. Back then I also experienced heavy storms and high waves, but I never experienced a situation like the Eemslift Hendrika did!
When the first visuals of the Hendrika in distress started coming in, I could not believe my eyes. The images/clips of her struggling against the storm and high waves under the angle of 45 degrees were being broadcasted all over Europe.
It was rough, to say the least. Our thoughts went out to the crew who were rescued by helicopter. It was clear the cargo (the boats) was exposed to the extreme forces of nature. For a long time we were not sure whether or not they would hold.

 

The cargo
The deck-cargo consisted of a motor yacht, sailing yacht, two smaller (fishing) catamarans and a fishing boat of 280 tons, used for salmon fishing, for our Norwegian client.
Below deck, there was another fishing catamaran. Hendrika also had four heavy machines which were booked as extra cargo.
Due to the storm, two of these machines broke loose and hit the ballast tank. This caused a major flood in the hold, which in turn, caused the Hendrika to lose her balance and started listing
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What happened
In the days that followed the wind did not ease down and the waves were still between 12 and 15 meters high.
In the meantime the last three crewmembers and the captain were taken off the ship. They programmed the autopilot to keep the Hendrika on course, hoping to save the ship and her cargo. But after a few hours the main engine gave in. The ship became adrift and it seemed she was losing her battle against these forces of nature. It was hard to stay positive and keep on hoping for a safe and positive ending.
Afterall, the cargo on deck was constantly fighting the heavy storm and waves for hours and hours. The next day we were able to secure a connection to the Hendrika’s onboard webcam for a short while. We could tell that the big fishing boat, had slid overboard taking the crane arm and the chains, that had kept her in place.
Not long after this “launch” it became clear that she miraculously floated around close to the Hendrika with hardly any damage. The owner of this boat organized a salvage company that towed her to the port of Floro. During all of this we were in close contact with the owner who is relieved, impressed, and happy that it turned out this way after all!
We share his opinion. It is incredible, that except for the fishing boat, the rest of the cargo endured these extreme circumstances successfully. It is proof of our team’s great skills.
The whole crew, led by our loadmaster, did an excellent job regarding lashing the yachts!
Meanwhile, the tugboats of Boskalis arrived to salvage Eemslift Hendrika. The weather conditions were making it very difficult to drop the Boskalis-crew on board to connect the towing lines. By now the Hendrika had been adrift for over 48 hours.
We were extremely relieved when we received confirmation that the connection of the lines were made and she was being towed! To stabilize her, the hold was emptied by use of pumps on route to the port of Alesund.
We wanted to fly to Norway to welcome her, our clients, and most of all the crew, to support and comfort them. But sadly enough, the COVID-measures did not allow for this.

Now what?
At this moment, the original crew of the Hendrika is back on board to get her back in shape. They are all doing well, but are understandably very shaken by the whole “roller coaster” they had been through.
The owner of the Hendrika has arrived in Alesund to support his crew and to take care of all sorts of matters.
At this very moment, we are working with Amasus to position sister ship the “Eemslift Nelli” to maintain our yacht transport line service between Bergen and Istanbul.

 

Grateful
We are grateful and relieved that the crew and cargo made it all in good health and that it ended the way it did.
We would like to thank everyone who showed us their compassion and support during the last couple of days. It is heart-warming to know that our current and future clients’ trust is maintained. The many e-mails we have received are proof of this.
In the meantime we receive many inquiries for future transports.
We have shown our expertise in knowing how to lash yachts/boats and that we deliver them even under circumstances like these.

Thank you all for your trust and support.
 

Jan te Siepe and Starclass Yacht Transport team

nederlandse vlag.jfif

"I am impressed"

"Solving problems jointly"

"beautiful craftsmanship"

"I feel really sorry about what has happened to Eemslift Hendrika and want to wish you all the best with the restoring of the vessel.  
 
I was very impressed with how your crew has dealth with my yacht in 2019 and no matter what happens, I will do it again without a doubt.
 
Best of luck,
 
Wim"

"This is business as business should be. We all followed the precarious voyage of the Eemslift Hendrika, at least I did. We now know that the story had a happy ending, but that was far from certain when waves of 15 meters high tortured the ship that lost part of its precious cargo, being smaller ships, and drifted towards the coast. But Smit Internationale was able to avoid disaster in time by securing the ship. But what touched me most is the fabulous support from a customer, not claiming the damage, or complaining about a late delivery, but congratulating and confirming that the next ship he is going to transport will be booked at Starclass Yacht Transport. Business as business should be, you achieve great things by working together in real partnership, mutual understanding, and solving problems jointly! Procurement is not about just buying a product, but about a relationship and trust, a strategic choice for the right partners.

Congrats to all involved in saving the people, the ship, and its cargo, a great achievement indeed, which again can only happen in close teamwork."

forwarded by H.J . Kaput

"Look at that cargo still lashed on deck. Under these circumstances, a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and good seamanship. Good luck to the crew, after now a big step back, but later 3 ahead again. Good luck!"

send by Gerlé Blaak