Salvors Refloat the Hansa Berlin off Cuba

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The 1,016 TEU Hansa Berlin, aground off Cuba

Following a lost of power during tropical storm Isaac off Cuba on 26 August, the Liberian-flagged container ship Hansa Berlin found herself bricked up off the northern coast of Cuba.

American salvage firms Titan Salvage and T&T Bisso, in conjunction with local Cuban salvage company, Antilliana De Salvemento, were immediately called to action to survey the situation.  The owner of the vessel, Leonhardt & Blumberg, reports today that the ship has been successfully re-floated and is now en route to Havana under tow.

Upon arrival in Havana, and after permission is granted from authorities, salvage services will continue in order to complete discharge of the remaining containers and cargo from the Hansa Berlin.  All the remaining bunker fuel has been removed from the vessel and a full dive and condition survey will follow.

The ship owner reports that no pollution occurred after the vessel ran aground.