Cargo VesselsPast and Present

MV Eemslift Hendrika – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9671486

MV Eemslift Hendrika

Ex Abis Esjberg, Southern Dawn

© Frits Olinga

Eemslift Hendrika – © Frits Olinga

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2015 by CIG Shipbuilding Poland sp. zoo.o. (Yard No 123) as Cargo/Container ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 111.6 m (overall) 102 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 16.8 m
    Depth: 9.3 m
    Draught: 5.8 m
    Tonnage: 5460 gross/ net/4200t deadweight
    Engines: (1) 4T – 8 cyl  Mak 8M32C diesel
    Power: 4000 kW/5435 HP
    Speed: 11.0 knots
    Capacity: 1 hold/6.994 m³/TEU: 216
    Call Sign: PCYX
    IMO Number: 9671486
    Register Number: 23332N
    Port of Registry: Harlingen/Netherlands, Delfzijl/Netherlands
    Sister Ship: Abis Dusavik
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October 29th 2014: Launched as SOUTHERN DAWN.

June 11th 2015: Completed as ABIS ESJBERG for Abis Esbjerg B.V., Harlingen – The Netherlands. Manager; Abis Shipping Company B.V. Harlingen. The Netherlands.

© Frits Olinga  © Frits Olinga

Abis Esjberg – © Frits Olinga (Ijmuiden, 10/04/2016)

March 2017: To Eemslift Hendrika B.V., Delfzjil and renamed EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA. Manager; Amasus Shipping B.V., Delfzil, The Netherlands

© Erwin Willemse   © Erwin Willemse

Eemslift Hendrika – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 01/11/2017)

February 22nd 2019: Called at Dover.

April 5th 2021: 

“The Dutch cargo ship “Eemslift Hendrika” is in distress at sea around 62 nautical miles east-northeast of Ålesund in the Norwegian Sea.

Right now, the ship should have a tilt of between 15 to 20 degrees. 

– It is an unresolved situation. There are rough conditions – reports of waves up to fifteen meters, there is a storm. The vessel still has a heel. It’s challenging to be out there. We will continue with the rescue operation until the situation is clarified on board, Rescue Manager Oddgeir Andersen in the Main Rescue Center informs VG.”


Photo: Hovedredningssentralen

April 8th 2021:

“Having been abandoned by all crew, towed to port on Flatholmen in Alesund, Norway. The incident began on Monday, April 5 when the cargo aboard the EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA shifted during a winter storm off the west coast of Norway. Fearing that the vessel was in danger of capsizing the captain called for assistance and the Norwegian authorities airlifted the majority o the crew to shore. Later in the day, the captain and the remaining three crew members abandon ship after it lost power and the storm continued to create the risk that the vessel would capsize. Some crew jumped overboard and were pulled from the sea while the others were airlifted from the deck.The EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA lost overboard at least one of the vessels it was transporting in the storm. The Norwegian authorities later located the vessel a few nautical miles away.”.

The Maritime Executive


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Frits Olinga and Erwin Willemse for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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