Another vessel runs aground off Sweden

General cargo ship BBC Lagos (IMO 9570668) ran aground at Råå, south of Helsingborg at the Swedish Øresund coast, on the evening of Aug 3rd.

Shortly after 23:00 local time the Maritime and Air Rescue Centre noted that the ship was sailing on a wrong course and repeatedly called it over the radio. A pilot boat tried to get in touch with the vessel, but they got no response. At 23:30 the vessel ran aground.

When the Swedish authorities boarded after the grounding, it was reported that the ship’s captain was found to be intoxicated, and was arrested for drunken sailing.

The incident comes only a week after vehicle carrier Makassar Highway (IMO 9235426) ran aground during the morning of July 23rd in the Tjusts archipelago, Västervik municipality, northern Sweden while en route from Cuxhaven to Södertälje. In that case the chief mate was arrested under suspicion of having been drinking at the helm.

In the case of BBC Lagos, which was stuck 500 metres from the shore, there was no sign of pollution. Tugs were called but no attempt will be made to refloat the ship before a dive survey of the hull has been completed. A Swedish coast guard diver conducted a survey of the hull during the morning of August 4th, but no damage to the hull, either from the inside or outside, has been found thus far. The vessel was on its way from Klaipeda to Las Palmas with a cargo of 5,000 tonnes of wheat.

2012-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 7,138 gt BBC Lagos is owned by Flinter Tide NV care of Duo Ship BV of Farmsum, Netherlands. It is entered with Hanseatic.