Fire Scorched Hansa Brandenburg Reaches Mauritius

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The MV Hansa Brandenburg on fire July 15, 2013.

The fire-scorched cargo vessel, MV Hansa Brandenburg, has reached Mauritius nearly two weeks after catching fire in the Indian Ocean.

In an emailed statement, Leonhardt & Blumberg notes that that their vessel has been safely berthed in the port of St Louis, Mauritius after permission was granted from the authorities.

The fire broke out 15 July while transiting from Singapore to Durban some 200 miles from Mauritius. All 17 crew members escaped the ship without injury and were picked up by another merchant vessel in the area. The fire is believed to have originated in a container and subsequently spread to the vessel’s superstructure.

The vessel was adrift and burning for days before salvors from Five Oceans Salvage and SMIT Salvage were able to extinguish the fire and tow the vessel to port.

Leonhardt & Blumberg notes that preparations are currently being made to discharge containers at the port of St Louis and a further assessment of damage will follow.

The Liberian-flagged Hansa Brandenburg was built in 2003 and has a capacity of 1,740 TEU.