Tanker disabled off Varlaxudden
The "Sten Baltic" suffered an engine failure and ran around outside Varlaxudden in the afternoon of Oct 23, 2014. SAR Forces in Helsinki were alerted shortly after 1 p.m. that the ship's steering mechanism was not working and it got off the fairway. The tanker had completely the wrong course for the Lars Cut. It was enroute from Sköldvikhamnen to Riga. The vessel could be anchored south of Emäsalo. The MRCC called the Coast guard patrol boats from both Porvoo and Helsinki. The guard vessel "Tursas" monitored the situation and a pilot boat was on scene too. The "Sten Baltic" continued its journey at 1.40 p.m. after the engine had been repaired at least to a large extent. Coast guard boats and a pilot boat escorted the tanker all the way to Kalbådagrunds anchorage, where it was examined further.
Tanker grounded in embankment of Kiel Canal
on Jan 28, 2012, at 05.50 a.m. the "Sten Baltic", ran aground in the embankment of the Kiel Canal at km 35,5 at Fischerhütte, while sailing westbound from Ventspils to Amsterdam with a cargo of diesel fuel. An operating mistake causing a disengamgement of the propulsion had caused the accident which left the ship without engine and rudder power. After one hour the vessel was able to back off with own power which was restored in the meantime and proceeded to Brunsbüttel Ostermoor where it berthed at 8.45 a.m. for surveys by German Lloyd. As no significant damage was found, the ship was allowed to continue at 2.30 p.m. and anchored off Ijmuiden on Jan 29 around 4.30 p.m.Upload News