Trans Agila intentionally grounded to avoid sinking after hitting rocks, Sweden

General cargo vessel Trans Agila hit a rock at around 03:05 LT Nov 29 to the north of Kalmar, Sweden, Baltic sea, in a strait between mainland and Oland Island. Vessel got a hole in engine room area with resulting water ingress, it is understood that Trans Agila managed to move some distance to the south and intentionally grounded on a sandbank some 1.3 nm north of Kalmar to avoid sinking. Engine room flooded, there is a fuel leak, of 9 crew 6 evacuated and 3 remain on board salvaging the vessel. Salvage is under way with the whole fleet of tugs, rescue and antipollution boats around. At around 12:00 LT divers were to start surveying the hull, to decide whether vessel can be taken off the sandbank. There are 80 tons of heavy fuel oil and 23 tons of diesel oil on board, and three containers with ammonium nitrate. Map with photos of grounded Trans Agila taken from local media. See map and pics at http://www.odin.tc/news/read.asp?articleID=1573

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