Cargo vessel Kaisa aground, master found drunk

By Accidents

Kaisa has run aground between southern Sweden and Denmark, in the Oresunt strait. The incident happened yesterday when the vessel stuck in shallow waters near Helsingborg port. The captain of the vessel was found heavily under alcohol influence.

Mattias Hansson from the Swedish Coast Guard said:

"The vessel was able to free itself and go into the harbour again and when the police got there, the captain was found to be drunk."

There were no reports of injuries or pollution. The vessel was re-floated by its own means and currently it is docked at Helsinborg bulk cargo port. The captain has confirmed he was in command when his vessel ran aground, but he has denied being drunk at that moment. According to his words, he consumed alcohol after the incident.

The authorities in Sweden have experience with such kind of incidents. Last year, in November, a captain and a first officer were found drunk at the helm of a stuck vessel (the Dutch Antilles-registered freighter Fri Wave ran aground near Solvesborg). Both were detained and handed over to the police in Blekinge.

Kaisa (IMO number 9333462 and MMSI 249399000) is a general cargo vessel registered in Malta. The DWT 4,527-ton ship was built in 1987 and is managed by Hansa Ship Management (Estonia-based). Current position of Kaisa.

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