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The cargo vessel, understood to be the BBC Lagos, has now been towed to port; there are no reports of any fuel spills.

Investigations are now underway after the Master of the vessel failed a sobriety test, according to the Swedish Coast Guard.

The BBC Lagos, carrying a cargo of around 5,000 tonnes of grain, ran aground on a sandbank south of Helsingborg on 3 August. Traffic monitoring in Öresund had earlier reported that the ship was facing in the the wrong direction and was not responding to any calls for information.

The vessel will remain in Helsingborg while the extent of any damage sustained is assessed

This incident follows on from the recent grounding of the Massar Highway whilst en-route between Cuxhaven, Germany, and Södertälje in Sweden. Swedish prosecutors have charged the vessel’s chief officer with negligence in connection with the grounding. In a statement issued on 2 August, the Swedish Coast Guard also said that discussions were also underway over the possible imposition of a water pollution tax on the vessel’s operator.

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