Yesterday, August 31, 2022, the flag of the 6th in the series of twelve 32,150-ton bulk carriers contracted by Navigation Maritime Bulgarian was hoisted at Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. hoisted.
Captain Genadi Kostov and engineer Yuri Dimitrov are her first master and chief engineer, and her godmother is Mrs. Chunyan Tang.
A year ago, the flag of the first of the series 32,150 ton bulk carrier m/v Kom was hoisted at the same shipyard.
The company also operates m/v Bogdan, m/v Perelik, m/v Verila and m/v Vezhen.
Two more ships of the same series are expected to join the fleet in 2023. They will be called Musala and Slavyanka.
The last four sisters in the series are expected to join the fleet in 2024.
The total investment will exceed US$300 million.
This ship is the fourth in Navibulgar history to be named after Shipka peak.
It is notable that their flag was raised on the day that Bulgaria celebrates the 145th anniversary of the epic battles at Shipka Peak, known as the Shipka Epopee.
The first Shipka was delivered in Varna on January 7, 1939. She was a German-built refrigerated steamer. The lady served in the Navibulgar fleet until 1978.
The second ship, Shipka, was a motor sailer built in Varna in 1945 and had a deadweight tonnage of 100 tons. She was part of the fleet until 1961.
In 1979 the flag of the 24 285 tdw m/v Shipka (built at Varna Shipyard) was hoisted. She was the first Bulgarian sea-rigged bulk carrier. The lady served in the Navibulgar fleet until 2009.