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In a year that has seen a spate of containership cargo fires insurers have warned the fire-fighting systems on many vessels are decades out of date.

The Leonhardt and Blumberg owned boxship Hansa Brandenburg has berthed safely in the port of St Louis, Mauritius, with preparations being made for the discharge of containers.

The 1,740 teu Hansa Brandenburg is now under tow to Mauritius after salvors Five Oceans Salvage and SMIT Salvage extinguished the fire and successfully made a towing connection over the weekend.

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.

Leonhardt & Blumberg have appointed Five Oceans Salvage and SMIT Salvage for the salvaging of the still-ablaze and heavily damaged 1,740teu container vessel Hansa Brandenburg.

Mauritian Coast Guard vessels have been dispatched to the scene of the Leonhardt & Blumberg-owned, Liberian-flagged, 1,740 teu container vessel Hansa Brandenburg, adrift 200 nm Northeast of the islands.