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Drunken master suspected of gross negligence after freighter grounds off Sweden

A freighter got grounded on a sandbank off the Swedish
coast, just two days after the salvage operation of the stricken car carrier Makassar
Highway was completed.

The general cargo vessel has been
identified as 2012-built BBC Lagos, registered in Antigua Barbuda. The ship ran
hard aground south of Helsinborg harbor, Sweden, on August 3.
Based on the data from vessel
monitoring services, the ship, loaded with 5,000 tonnes of wheat, apparently
started sailing in a wrong direction, heading toward the coast and eventually
hitting a sandbank. The Swedish coast guard said that the ship did not respond
to emergency calls when the navigational error was detected.
coast guard has carried out a sobriety test of the master and has subsequently
handed the case to the police. The master is suspected of serious seagoing
and gross negligence in maritime traffic,”
the coast guard informed.
The police investigation into the
incident and master’s suspected involvement is underway.
on the underwater inspection of the ship’s hull, there have been no substantial
damages detected.
The latest update from the coast
guard issued on August 5 indicates that the ship has been unloaded, without
causing a fuel spill. The ship has been moved to the port of Helsinborg and the
salvage operation concluded.
Now that the ship has been towed
to the port, the owners will further inspect the hull and decide whether the
ship is in the state to continue its journey or whether it will have to be repaired.
World Maritime News 

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