Posted on September 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Gibraltar-flagged General Cargo Ship, BALTIC CARRIER, ran aground during the evening hours of September the 24th while transiting off the coast of Sweden.
The incident occurred at approximately 20:00 UTC, as the vessel was transiting through Kattegat, near Hittarp and directly north of Helsingborg.
According to the Swedish Maritime Administration, the Swedish Coast Guard and the Naval Rescue Society were immediately dispatched to the scene in order to investigate what happened.
After an initial investigation, it was revealed that the Master of the vessel had fallen asleep at the helm.
According to Christian Carlsson, Command Center Commander for the local Coast Guard the Master was then arrested by the local authorities for endangering sea traffic.
It is not yet known how long the refloating process will take. According to the Coast Guard, the matter is still under discussion, as the talks between the salvaging companies, the shipowner and the insurer are still ongoing.
The Master and the crew of the vessel are both Russian nationals. A total of seven crew members were on board the vessel at the time of the grounding.
The Baltic Carrier had been en route from Russia to Lidkoping, Sweden when the grounding occurred.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic