The freighter Rix Star lost propulsion power during storm in Baltic sea northwest off Baltiysk, Russia. The ship was en route from Tallinn to Kaliningrad, but in Polish waters near the Hel Peninsula suffered engine failure and started to drift. The crew was unable to restart the propulsion power and reported accident to the local authorities. At the scene of the troubled freighter was dispatched tug, which started towing Rix Star with slow speed in eastern course to Gdansk. The cargo freighter will docked for repairs and further inspection at the Polish port. The weather in vicinity is bad with high waves and strong winds. Fortunately during the incident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The local authorities reported the accident to the Russian colleagues. The freighter will be inspected after arrival in Gdansk and further repairs. Probably the problem with engine is more serious than preliminary expected and ship engineers do not have the needed spare parts.
The general cargo ship Rix Star (IMO: 9006277) has overall length of 86.00 m, moulded beam of 13.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,710 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,450 GRT. The freighter was built in 1991 by PS Werften Wolgast in Germany. The general cargo ship Rix Star is owned and operated by the Denmark company Poseidon AF 2013.