Self discharging bulk carrier Sterno sinking after running aground at Lilla Edet, Gota river, north of Gothenburg, Sweden

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On Feb 24, 2017, the self discharging bulk carrier Sterno ran aground north of the locks in Lilla Edet, Gota River, north of Gothenburg, Sweden. The vessel hull was breached and the ship started taking on water.

Sterno was laden with grain when it ran aground at 2 a.m. LT while heading south towards Gothenburg.

The seven crew members have not been injured, and all have made it ashore. They were drug tested with negative results.

Image courtesy of Mikael Berglund/NyheterSTO

The ship could be secured in the morning hours in situ, but had such a heavy list to port and was partially flooded, that the alerted emergency services have not been able to start pumping out the water as it was deemed too unsafe to go aboard.

The emergency services in Lilla Edet were working to try to save the ship from sinking completely. The water depth was seven meters at the accident site.

In addition to the emergency services also staff from the Maritime Administration, the Canal Authority, the Transport Agency and S remediation firm were involved.

There has been a minor oil spill that was drained. The oil leakages were limited and under control. The vessel had on board about 20 cbm fuel.

Ship traffic past Lilla Edet was stopped for an uncertain time.

Source: Timsen/Vesseltracker