Saturday, 19th April 2014

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Hansa Brandenburg salvors contain blaze, assess damage

Charlie Bartlett
from  London

Five Oceans Salvage and SMIT Salvage have boarded 1,740teu container vessel Hansa Brandenburg and successfully contained the fire.

The salvors report that the damage was most extensive in one of the vessel's cargo holds as well as the forepart of the acommodation block. No oil pollution from the incident was reported, and an initial survey for a towing connection to the vessel has been completed, with towing to be undertaken by tug Coral Sea Flos.

Fire broke out on the Liberian-flagged vessel enroute from Singapore to Durban, 200 nm Northeast of Mauritius.

Meanwhile, all 17 crew members are reported safe, having been picked up by Hermann Buss-owned containership Donau Trader.

While the cause of the incident has yet to be ascertained, owner Leonhardt & Blumberg has pledged that an investigation will be conducted, with a superintendent reportedly en route to Mauritius.

It is the second major fire on a container vessel in the Indian Ocean this month after the fore section of the stricken boxship MOL Comfort caught fire and later sank while being towed to Oman. 



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