Birger Jarl left Stockholm illegally
On April 29 the 'Birger Jarl' docked at Timrå after unlawfully departing from Stockholm without valid permission. The ship had been berthed at the Stadsgård Quay in Stockholm before and served as a floating hotel. But the building office had decided to ban the ship from its berth by May 1. The problem was that the ship also did not have permission to sail, being registered as a recreational boat but being too long to be classified as such. In addition, it had no valid wreck insurance. The sailing ban was issued already in May 2019. After two inspectors from the Coast Guard announced that they had a ban to leave and went ashore the crew started the engines and left with no pilot on board towards the Vivsta wharf in Timrå where two inspectors from the Swedish Transport Agency and also the Coast Guard attended. The master of the ship may now be suspected of several crimes such as the question of violation of the pilotage obligation and violation of law and regulation on vessel certificates and may face up to two years in prison. A preliminary investigation into violations of the Ship Safety Act has been initiated. Swedish report with photo: https://amp.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/vasternorrland/m-s-birger-jarl-flyr-myndigheterna-lagger-till-i-timra
Car ferry involved in medevac off Ljusterö
On May 29,m 2012, the car ferry "Jupiter" was sent to the "Birger Jarl" with an ambulance on board. The "Birger Jarl" was at anchor off Ljusterö and was in need of a medevac. The patient was moved into the ambulance and this shipped to shore on board the "Jupiter".
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Ånedin Linjen’s small classic liner BIRGER JARL, which for the past 22 years has made short cruises between Stockholm, Sweden and Mariehamn, Finland, faces an uncertain future. For the past six months, the 1953-built ship has been sailing under a special exemption to 2010 SOLAS regulations granted by the Finnish and Swedish governments. That exemption will end soon and the ship will be laid up in Stockholm, awaiting whatever fate her owners have in store.Upload News