Drunk Russian master arrested in Sweden

Swedish authorities have referred another seafarer to a local court for being found to be intoxicated as his ship ran aground on Friday.

The Russian master of the BBC Lagos, a multipurpose ship, has been placed in custody after the ship, laden with 5,000 tons of wheat, ran aground near Helsingborg port in the Oresund Strait. The vessel was subsequently refloated. The captain has pled guilty to being drunk and faces sentencing in 11 days.

The captain of the Makassar Highway, a car carrier belonging to K Line, was also detained by Swedish authorities 10 days ago after the ship ran aground off the coast of southern Sweden resulting in a sizeable oil spill.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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