MV Hansa Stavanger

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Name: Hansa Stavanger
Operator: Leonhardt & Blumberg Reederei
Port of registry: Monrovia,  Liberia
Builder: Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China[1]
Yard number: 271[1]
Laid down: 18 July 1996[1]
Launched: 9 March 1997[1]
Completed: 29 September 1997[1]
In service: 1997–
Identification: IMO number: 9128465
Call sign: A8UZ8[1]
MMSI number: 636091967[2]
Status: In service[2]
General characteristics [1]
Type: Container ship
Tonnage: 15,988 GT
8,222 NT
20,526 DWT
Length: 170.17 m (558 ft 4 in)
Beam: 24.80 m (81 ft 4 in)
Draft: 10.85 m (35 ft 7 in)
Depth: 14.20 m (46 ft 7 in)
Ice class: GL ice class E
Finnish-Swedish ice class II
Installed power: MAN-B&W 6S60MC (12,240 kW)
Propulsion: Single shaft; fixed pitch propeller
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Capacity: 1,270 TEU

MV Hansa Stavanger is a German container ship, captured by Somali pirates on 4 April 2009.[3] Around May 1, 2009, the USS Boxer (LHD-4) and a screen of German Navy warships assisted approximately 200 members of the German special police unit GSG-9 in approaching the hijacked ship. During the last phase of the operation, James Jones, the U.S. President's security advisor, withheld final approval for the operation out of concern for the safety of the 25 sailors aboard the vessel. This led the German Department of Defense to abort the planned attack on the freighter and the GSG-9 unit returned to their base of operations at the airport of Mombassa, Kenya.[4]

Among the captured sailors held hostage were eleven Tuvaluans and one Fijian. A ransom of $US 15 million had been demanded. The government of Tuvalu indicated it was incapable of paying, and expressed great concern for its citizens.[5][6] In August 2009 the ship was released after a ransom of two million dollars was paid.


Kotiuk, Krzysztof (2010), Frohe Ostern Hansa Stavanger: 121 Tage in der Hand von Piraten (in German), Bielefeld: Delius Klasing, p. 219, ISBN 978-3-7688-3129-1 


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Hansa Stavanger (90906)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Germanischer Lloyd. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Hansa Stavanger (9128465)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2012-10-08. (Registration required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Somali pirates seize more vessels". BBC News online. 2009-04-06. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
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  5. ^ "Tuvalu left helpless by pirate kidnappings", Australian Broadcasting Corporation, June 2, 2009
  6. ^ "Tuvalu Government requests for assistance", Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, May 27, 2009

Coordinates: 2°40′S 46°03′E / 2.667°S 46.050°E / -2.667; 46.050