The MV Hansa

The MV Hansa Brandenburg

UPDATE 18 July:

Leonhardt & Blumberg spokesperson Cor Radings notes in a phone call that two salvage companies have been contracted, Five Oceans and SMIT Salvage, to begin work on saving the MV Hansa Brandenburg and her cargo.  Overflights from Mauritius have confirmed that the fire has affected the superstructure of the vessel, but a current status of the vessel is unclear.

The tug Coral Sea Flos is currently on its way to the vessel and the Mauritian Coast Guard is monitoring the situation.  The Hansa Papenburg, a sister ship of the Hansa Brandenburg, is in the vicinity and will be monitoring the situation and supporting as needed.


A fire believed to have originated in a container has left the Hansa Brandenburg containership burning and adrift in the Indian Ocean near the island of Mauritius.

The fire broke out Monday (15 JULY) while underway some 200 miles from Mauritius. All 17 crew members abandoned ship and were picked up by the MV DONAU TRADER which happened to be in the area. The crew was unharmed and they have been taken to Mauritius.

A photo of the ship shows black and grey smoke billowing from vessel’s cargo hold near the superstructure.

Leonhardt & Blumberg Hansa Brandenburg

Image: Leonhardt & Blumberg, 18 July 2013

The 1,740 TEU Hansa Brandenburg is owned by Hamburg, Germany-based Leonhardt & Blumberg and is flagged in Liberia.

According to a statement by Leonhardt & Blumberg on 18 July, the vessel is still adrift and on fire. Mauritian authorities and National Coast Guard are monitoring the situation and coordinating any further action to mitigate any potential damage to the environment.

No comments were made on any possible firefighting efforts being made however.

The vessel was en route from Singapore to Durban, South Africa.

The Hansa Brandenburg. Photo (c) Ocanada Tiger via Leonhardt & Blumberg

The Hansa Brandenburg (formerly Tiger Jade). Photo (c) Ocanada Tiger via Leonhardt & Blumberg

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  • Jeremy Irons

    Oh no…not again, for Christ’s sake!

  • Dan

    All the shit hidden on container ships starts to come into light.
    Strong undermanning for such a condensed port rotation, misdeclaration of cargo, improper checking from C/O of DGs, bad stowage, often lashing done superficial ( very often the lashing gang is refusing to do aditional lashing, although computer program requires it ).

    Nobody will ever recognise something like this, but the folks that are really working there now that this is the naked truth.

    Former containership 2/O .

    • MotherFucker

      Money is the root of all evil! What do you expect then..?

      • Dan

        Not money is the root of all evil, just people that are not doing the right way their job, and owners that are pushing beyond limits.

        It’s more like taking a risk, than making a due dilligence in the seaworthiness of a ship.

        Acutally the risk is externalised to the insurance companies.

        It will take some time untill the big insurers will wake up and see that a ship cannot be run at a satisfactory level of safety with a C/O that is also a watchkeeper, with a cargo with an unknown weight and, maybe, actually a different cargo than it is declared.

        • container man

          you are right (y)

      • Earl Duke


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  • DeJames

    Do Any body have an idea of what will happen to the cargo, or what is going on with the cargo on this ship?

  • kevin

    can someone tell us what is going on currently ,so don’t have to stress

  • Philemon

    Its unbeliveable realy bt do someone has an information or an update about the commodities because I happend 2 be a victim!God bless all.

  • Cândido Oliveira

    Now the salvors of ship tell we need paid 65 porcent the invoice include ocean freight , if we paid the containers not burning came to destination this is crazy, people ,never more we used this and don’t forged make insurance , and have another company in market, we need good lawyers Together .candid

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