Norwegian freighter sunk - possible Russian involvement?

The Norwegian freighter Bjungfjord sunk in Danish waters last night. According to some sources the ship had been harassed by a Russian warship prior to the sinking.

The five crew members were all rescued by helicopter.

I haven't as yet found anything about this in English (and not much in any other language to be honest)


 
This is paywalled however the first paragraph suggests only that a security company have suggested that it was possibly caused by a Russian warship.

"Crew rescued from Norwegian cargo ship after possible encounter with Russian warship​

Security provider EOS Risk says there is a 'realistic possibility' the incident was caused by a Russian navy vessel"

Not much in the way of facts being reported yet, only that the Swedish and Danish Navy's are "monitoring the area" which is curious however most likely because the listing ship is abandoned and they don't want anyone else smashing into it

 
It's not listing anymore, it sank and is lying 25-30m under the surface.

Prior to the sinking, the ship reported harrassment by an unknown vessel. Exactly what this involved I don't know.
 
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If that report is correct, and it sank 11nm NW from the Danish coast, then the Russians are playing a bloody dangerous game. Invading a NATO country whilst posturing in Ukraine…?
 
Interesting, if this was actually a Russian (or any other nation's) warship operating within Danish territorial waters then something will have to been done.

It does seem like nobody really wants to confront Russia at the moment as it would give Putin the excuse he is waiting for to move on Ukraine.

My money is still on this all being one big bluff to get him an audience on the global political stage.
 

4(T)

LE
TBH it looks from that initial report to be something much more prosaic: bulk loose cargo shifting in rough seas - the end of many a ship.
 
From Lloyd's:

BJUGNFJORD (Norway)

Kiel, Jan 21 -- General cargo Bjugnfjord, which had developed a list in the Kattegat, between Kullen in Skane and Gilleleje, has sunk, at 0130 hrs, today, before a helicopter had picked up the Norwegian crew of five, two were hoisted up from the vessel, and three rescued from a lifeboat. They were transported to Lund by a Swedish rescue helicopter and are reported to be safe. There is a north wind of around 12 metres per second in the area. Danish frigate Niels Juel along with a vessel from the Swedish Coast Guard were monitoring the site for any oil leaks. Environmental ship Mette Miljo was on its way from Frederikshavn and is expected to arrive, this morning. The cargo vessel was loaded with contaminated soil and sank in shallow waters. -- Correspondent.

BJUGNFJORD (Norway)

Helsingborg, Jan 21 -- General cargo Bjugnfjord developed a list between 2000 hrs to 2100 hrs, Jan 20 and subsequently sank at 0130 hrs, Jan 21 in Danish waters off the northern coast of the island of Zealand, Denmark and approximately 20 kilometres west of Kullen, Scania. The five crew members were evacuated by helicopter and the Swedish and Danish rescue services were deployed. According to reports, Bjugnfjord developed a heavy list in Kattegatt in Danish waters, in rough weather and a distress call requesting evacuation was sent out by the crew. Rescue units were deployed from both Denmark and Sweden and all five crew members were rescued by helicopter. No personal injuries have been reported to date and the cause of sinking was unknown, but cargo is thought to have shifted on board. Danish authorities are dispatching environmental protection units to the scene of the incident. -- Lloyd’s Agents (Damco Survey AB).

BJUGNFJORD (Norway)

Helsingborg, Jan 21 -- General cargo Bjugnfjord: The aftermath of the incident is being coordinated by the Danish authorities. The Swedish Coast Guard patrol ship KBV 034 (IMO: 9536600) is on site in search of the Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) of Bjugnfjord upon the request of the Danish authorities. Also on site is Danish pollution control support Mette Miljo (IMO: 8002468). -- Lloyd’s Agents (Damco Survey AB).
 

OneTenner

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From Lloyd's:

BJUGNFJORD (Norway)

Kiel, Jan 21 -- General cargo Bjugnfjord, which had developed a list in the Kattegat, between Kullen in Skane and Gilleleje, has sunk, at 0130 hrs, today, before a helicopter had picked up the Norwegian crew of five, two were hoisted up from the vessel, and three rescued from a lifeboat. They were transported to Lund by a Swedish rescue helicopter and are reported to be safe. There is a north wind of around 12 metres per second in the area. Danish frigate Niels Juel along with a vessel from the Swedish Coast Guard were monitoring the site for any oil leaks. Environmental ship Mette Miljo was on its way from Frederikshavn and is expected to arrive, this morning. The cargo vessel was loaded with contaminated soil and sank in shallow waters. -- Correspondent.

BJUGNFJORD (Norway)

Helsingborg, Jan 21 -- General cargo Bjugnfjord developed a list between 2000 hrs to 2100 hrs, Jan 20 and subsequently sank at 0130 hrs, Jan 21 in Danish waters off the northern coast of the island of Zealand, Denmark and approximately 20 kilometres west of Kullen, Scania. The five crew members were evacuated by helicopter and the Swedish and Danish rescue services were deployed. According to reports, Bjugnfjord developed a heavy list in Kattegatt in Danish waters, in rough weather and a distress call requesting evacuation was sent out by the crew. Rescue units were deployed from both Denmark and Sweden and all five crew members were rescued by helicopter. No personal injuries have been reported to date and the cause of sinking was unknown, but cargo is thought to have shifted on board. Danish authorities are dispatching environmental protection units to the scene of the incident. -- Lloyd’s Agents (Damco Survey AB).

BJUGNFJORD (Norway)

Helsingborg, Jan 21 -- General cargo Bjugnfjord: The aftermath of the incident is being coordinated by the Danish authorities. The Swedish Coast Guard patrol ship KBV 034 (IMO: 9536600) is on site in search of the Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) of Bjugnfjord upon the request of the Danish authorities. Also on site is Danish pollution control support Mette Miljo (IMO: 8002468). -- Lloyd’s Agents (Damco Survey AB).
Shifting load sounds much more realistic.
 
Last AIS position is close to subsequent marked wreck.
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The ship is Norwegian. The wreck is flagged Danish as it's a wreck reference allocated by authorities in Denmark. At least that's my interpretation, unless there is another wreck.
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Useful map shows approximate course from Copenhagen until it sank.
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The article is informative and seems to agree with @4(T)

"The reason why the ship overturned seems to be that the cargo has overturned or moved."

A 46-year-old Norwegian cargo ship sank off Scania
 
From Lloyd's:

BJUGNFJORD (Norway)

Kiel, Jan 21 -- General cargo Bjugnfjord, which had developed a list in the Kattegat, between Kullen in Skane and Gilleleje, has sunk, at 0130 hrs, today, before a helicopter had picked up the Norwegian crew of five, two were hoisted up from the vessel, and three rescued from a lifeboat. They were transported to Lund by a Swedish rescue helicopter and are reported to be safe. There is a north wind of around 12 metres per second in the area. Danish frigate Niels Juel along with a vessel from the Swedish Coast Guard were monitoring the site for any oil leaks. Environmental ship Mette Miljo was on its way from Frederikshavn and is expected to arrive, this morning. The cargo vessel was loaded with contaminated soil and sank in shallow waters. -- Correspondent.

BJUGNFJORD (Norway)

Helsingborg, Jan 21 -- General cargo Bjugnfjord developed a list between 2000 hrs to 2100 hrs, Jan 20 and subsequently sank at 0130 hrs, Jan 21 in Danish waters off the northern coast of the island of Zealand, Denmark and approximately 20 kilometres west of Kullen, Scania. The five crew members were evacuated by helicopter and the Swedish and Danish rescue services were deployed. According to reports, Bjugnfjord developed a heavy list in Kattegatt in Danish waters, in rough weather and a distress call requesting evacuation was sent out by the crew. Rescue units were deployed from both Denmark and Sweden and all five crew members were rescued by helicopter. No personal injuries have been reported to date and the cause of sinking was unknown, but cargo is thought to have shifted on board. Danish authorities are dispatching environmental protection units to the scene of the incident. -- Lloyd’s Agents (Damco Survey AB).

BJUGNFJORD (Norway)

Helsingborg, Jan 21 -- General cargo Bjugnfjord: The aftermath of the incident is being coordinated by the Danish authorities. The Swedish Coast Guard patrol ship KBV 034 (IMO: 9536600) is on site in search of the Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) of Bjugnfjord upon the request of the Danish authorities. Also on site is Danish pollution control support Mette Miljo (IMO: 8002468). -- Lloyd’s Agents (Damco Survey AB).
Contaminated soil. Where was that bound?
 
Seems a bit strange to me, for a Russian Warship to be operating that close to shore. Now days every vessel has to have a tracker with a recognition signal.
Surely the Danes would have invested the vessel, if it’s on Radar and wasn’t transmitting a tracking signal.
 
Seems a bit strange to me, for a Russian Warship to be operating that close to shore. Now days every vessel has to have a tracker with a recognition signal.
Surely the Danes would have invested the vessel, if it’s on Radar and wasn’t transmitting a tracking signal.
To be honest, I'm thinking insurance job, planned or otherwise. Barring some outrageous James Bonderie, of course.
 
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