The 130 meter long, 11258 dwt tanker Ternvind ran around in Gäveskär near Brännö, Sweden. The Ternvind had become disabled after a power failure while en route to Denmark. The tanker went adrift and ran ashore with the bow nearly high and dry. The Coast Guard were alerted and arrived a short time later. An inspection found the Ternvind had sustained some damage, but the hull had not been breached and no pollution was released. An hour later the Ternvind was refloated and proceeded to Lindoe for repairs. No reports of injuries.
On October 21, the 141 meter long cargo vessel ESL Africa ran aground off Oxelösund, Sweden. The ESL Africa had departed from Norkköping bound for Dakar, Senegal with ammonium nitrate when it suffered engine problems off Hummelvik. The vessel had suffered a mechanical fault causing the ESL Africa to run aground. Authorities were alerted and dispatched divers to the scene. Divers inspected the hull and found no damage. A few hours later the ESL Africa was refloated and proceeded under its own power back to Oxelösund. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released.
The 80 meter long, 3041 dwt cargo vessel Atlantic ran aground near Stångehamn, Sweden. The Atlantic was en route to Oskarshamn from Visby when it ran aground some 6 kilometers from the fairway. Local authorities who were later joined by the Coast Guard arrived on scene and found the officers of the Atlantic were intoxicated. The vessel was found to be hard aground, but no injuries or signs of pollution released.
Reports state the Atlantic had some 44,000 litres of fuel on board at the time of the grounding. Authorities have placed booms around the vessel to contain any possible pollution released. The vessel’s owner and authorities are coordinating salvage options.