Hansa Brandenburg

Hansa Brandenburg (2003-2013 )

Renamed “Branden” prior to beaching

IMO: 9122423
Flag: Liberia (reflagged to Saint Kitts and Nevis prior to beaching)
Country of ownership: Germany
Destination yard: Gadani, Pakistan

On 5 December 2013, the Hansa Brandenburg, renamed “Branden” (which means “fire” in German) arrived in Gadani, Pakistan, for beaching. It remains unclear whether the company that owns the ship, Hamburg-based Leonardt & Blumberg, has proceeded to pre-clean the ship of the toxic waste prior to selling it for breaking.

On 15 July 2013, the containership Hansa Brandenburg caught fire while she was on her way from Singapore to Durban, South Africa. Initially sailors onboard the ship tried to extinguish the fire but had to eventually abandon the ship and were rescued by the crew of the Donau Trader. The Hansa Brandenburg was towed to Port-Louis, capital of the small Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

As it soon became clear that the ship was lost and not all the hazardous waste present onboard, some of which resulted from the burning of the ship, could be proprely handled by the Mauritius-based authorities, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform issued an alert and called on the Pakistani authorities, where the ship could be sent for breaking, to refuse the import. WWF Pakistan, an environmental NGO familiar with the fauna living in the area where the shipbreaking yards are located, joined the Platform’s call to protect the envirnment and the workers against the hazardous waste present onboard the dead vessel.

On 5 December 2013, the Hansa Brandenburg, renamed “Branden” (which means “fire” in German) arrived in Gadani, Pakistan, for beaching. It remains unclear whether the company that owns the ship, Hamburg-based Leonardt & Blumberg, has proceeded to pre-clean the ship of the toxic waste prior to selling it for breaking.

Read our press release:

>> 3 October 2013: “NGOs call on South Asian countries to halt import of the damaged toxic vessel “Hansa Brandenburg””