On August 3, the 130 meter long, 7960 dwt cargo vessel BBC Lagos ran aground in the Øresund Strait near Helsingborg, Sweden. The BBC Lagos was en route to Las Palmas from Klaipeda with a cargo of 5000 tons of wheat. As the vessel approached the Øresund Strait, authorities attempted to contact the vessel as radar showed the vessel was proceeding off course. Multiple attempts to contact the vessel over radio also failed before the cargo vessel ran up on a sandbar some 500 meters from the shoreline. Authorities boarded the vessel and found the master of the BBC Lagos intoxicated.
A dive survey was requested and found the BBC Lagos had not sustained any hull damage and no pollution had been released. The following day, tugs were able to refloat the BBC Lagos and proceeded to Helsingborg. The incident is being investigated by Swedish authorities.
On September 21, the 96 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Mercandia IV allided with the pier in the port of Helsingborg, Sweden. The Mercandia IV was making a regular voyage from Helsingør, Denmark with 124 passengers and 19 crew. As the ferry entered the port, it struck a pier in the harbor. The vessel was holed on the starboard side of the bow. The bow door was too far damaged in the collision to be operated and the Mercandia IV backed into its berth. Passengers reported that the impact cause glasses and dishes to smashed onto the floor. One passenger and one crewman were injured and were taken to hospital. No reports of pollution released. The following day the vessel was inspected and later taken to a shipyard for repairs.
The 90 meter long general cargo vessel Kaisa ran aground in the Øre Sound near Helsingborg, Sweden. The vessel was able to refloat itself and proceeded into port under its own power. The Swedish Coast Guard was alerted and dispatched an aircraft to the scene. A survey of the area found that no pollution was released. Authorities conducted an investigation and found the master of the vessel was intoxicated. No reports of injuries or damage reported.