Bulgarian bulk carrier Koznitsa disabled in Barents Sea

KoznitzaThe Bulgarian bulk carrier Koznitsa suffered engine failure and remained adrift in Barents Sea on 14 nautical miles north off Kildin Island. The vessel was en route to Murmansk, but lost power and started drifting with 3.5 kts toward the shore. There was no immediate danger for the ship and crew, but the accident was reported to the local authorities, requesting assistance. The MSC Rosmorrechflot responded to the assistance request and sent a tug to the troubled bulker. Meanwhile, the crew succeeded to repair the engine problem and restarted the power, but the tug Murmanryba was sent already on the halfway to the scene of the accident. The tugboat escorted to the bulk carrier Koznitsa to Kola Bay.

The root cause of the accident is under investigation. The ship will be inspected before return in service. During the incident there were no injured people and no reported water pollution.

The bulk carrier Koznitsa (IMO: 8325901) has overall length of 185.00 m, moulded beam of 22.80 m and maximum draft of 6.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 25,544 DWT and the gross tonnage is 16,502 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 1984 by Bulyard Shipbuilding Industry in the shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The owner and operator of the cargo ship Koznitsa is Navibulgar.