Heavy marine fuel spilled during bunker operations of Bulgarian bulk carrier Koznitza from motor tanker Aalbong on Skagen Anchorage in Denmark. The accident occurred on May 27 in the early morning and was confirmed by the local authorities. After the fuel leak was noticed by the officers of the ships, the bunkering operation was stopped immediate and oil boom was laid around the leak to restrict spreading of the spot. The both vessel connected with Admiral Danish Fleet Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Aarhus to report the accident. The local authorities initiated inspection of the both vessels and took probes from the water around the vessels. It was estimated that there was no danger from spreading of the oil, the bunkering operations were restarted.
After receiving the report for the water pollution, at the scene of the accident arrived environmental vessel Mette Miljoe, which took probes from the water around Koznica and Aalborg. Two officers from the crew are boarding Koznitsa for regular check. Later, two local police officers arrived on board. After the necessary checks are completed, the four officers left and the crew of the ship continues to clean the contaminated deck surfaces. There was no environmental and marine lifestyle damage reported.
“According to expert assessments of local authorities and crew, the amount of spilled heavy marine fuel at sea is about 50 liters. This is also recorded in the documents handed to the captain of the bulk carrier Koznitsa, Nikolay Daskalov”, said the press service of Navibulgar, which is owner and operator of the bulk carrier.
On the morning of May 29, 2017, after completion of the bunkering, the cargo ship Koznitsa continued sailing to the designated port.
The bulk carrier Koznitza (IMO: 9575436) has overall length of 180.00 m, moulded beam of 29.00 m and maximum draft of 10.20 m. The deadweight of the ship is 32,631 DWT and the gross tonnage is 20,939 GRT. The vessel was built in 2010 by Liaoning Hongguan Shipbuilding in Panjing, China. The vessel is operating under the flag of Panama and is owned and operated by the Bulgarian shipping company Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar).