K Line car carrier hard aground in southern Sweden

A car carrier belonging to Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) ran hard aground in the south of Sweden yesterday morning. The Makassar Highway, loaded with 1,325 vehicles, was bound for the port of Sodertalje, to the south of the capital Stockholm, when it ran aground at full speed in an archipelago north of Vastervik with some local reports suggesting it had been navigating on a wrong route for several hours.

Public broadcaster SVT said one crewmember, believed to be the chief officer, has been detained on suspicion of being intoxicated while on duty.

The Swedish Coast Guard has stated that refloating the vessel will take days. While there has been no water ingress, a hydraulic oil leak has been detected.


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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