Break-up of Britannica Hav commences in Le Havre

Five months after its sinking, the wreck of general cargo ship Britannica Hav (IMO 8506640) is being broken up in Le Havre. The beginning of the construction took place on August 7th but there were some complications. The bow of the Britannica Hav slashed the ramp when the hull was pulled up with chains. Additional manoeuvring was needed to break the concrete on the ground and get the ship out of the water. Gardet & de Bezenac Recycling, a subsidiary of the Baudelet Environment group, is in charge of this project which should last two months.

Britannica Hav turned over after being struck by general cargo ship Deborah – Z 121 in the English Channel during the afternoon of March 20th when some 50 miles north-east of Cherbourg. She was towed away from the Osaka Quay in Le Havre during the evening of April 9th to the Chantiers Gardet and Bezenac. Taklift 4, which had been called from Norway, turned Britannica Hav upright on April 7th.

1985-built, Malta-flagged, 1,521 gt Britannica Hav is owned by Hav Bulk AS of Raadal, Norway, and managed by Hav Shipmanagement Norrus AS of Kaliningrad, Russia. It is entered with Gard P&I Club (Bermuda) on behalf of Hav Bulk AS.