Bulk carrier Anna Smile blocked Bosphorus Strait after engine failure

Anna SmileThe bulk carrier Anna Smile blocked Bosphorus Strait after engine failure during transit in northern direction. The vessel was en route from Egypt to Ukraine, but lost propulsion power shortly after passing the First Bridge. The bulk carrier Anna Smile remained adrift and was pushed to drop anchor, avoiding collision or grounding. The accident caused blockage of the Bosphorus Strait for two hours. The crew reported the accident to the local authorities and at the scene were dispatched towing tugs, which secured the vessel at the Ahirkapi Anchorage. The bulk carrier Anna Smile was detained for further special survey and safety inspection, while the traffic at the shipping way was released.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The traffic blockage, caused congestion at the Bosphorus Strait, but after shipping way was freed the traffic was released. There were no reports about injured people and water pollution.

The bulk carrier Anna Smile (IMO: 9280770) has overall length of 225.00 m, moulded beam of 32.20 m and maximum draft of 8.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 74,823 DWT and the gross tonnage is 40,524 GRT. The ship was built in 2004 by Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China. The owner and operator of the bulk carrier is Greek company Prosperity Bay Shipping.