The 90 meter long, 4868 dwt cargo vessel Arklow Resolve became disabled off Marstrand, Sweden. The cargo vessel was bound for Sevilla from Gothenburg when it suffered engine failure. Unable to make repairs, the Arklow Resolve went adrift in heavy sea with waves reaching 4 meters in height. Authorities were alerted and dispatched two patrol boats to the scene. The patrol boats took the Arklow Resolve under tow and proceeded to Dana Fjord near Gothenburg. There the cargo vessel dropped anchor where it will undergo repairs to the main engine. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
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 July 23, the 139 meter long, 6890 dwt car carrier Makassar Highway ran aground in the Baltic Sea near Vastervik, Sweden. The Makassar Highway was headed for Södertälje from Cuxhaven with 1325 vehicles on board when it ran aground at full speed into shallow water. The Makassar Highway went hard aground with enough force that the bow was nearly out of the water. A small amount of hydrolic oil leaked from the bow thruster. The Swedish Coast Guard was alerted and dispatched a response team to the scene. Coast Guard vessels placed a boom around the hull to contain any further pollution released.
An initial investigation found the crewman at the helm at the time of the incident was intoxicated. He did not change course and allowed the car carrier to steer straight into shallow water. Swedish authorities report that the crewman was arrested for gross negligence.
Divers were dispatched to inspect the Makassar Highway for damage. The Coast Guard and Swedish authorities are in discussion with the vessel’s owner to develop a salvage plan.