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Photographer:Oliver Sesemann [View profile]Title:ASKLIPIOSAdded:Apr 03, 2008
Photo Category: Icebreakers
Before her sale to the Mediterranean, the ice breaker HANSE was owned by the Federal German Government. The vessel was stationed at Helsinki, on charter to the Finnish authorities, who had more frequent use for a ship of her kind than the Germans. In case of severe ice conditions off the German coast, however, HANSE could be immediately summoned to sail down to German waters, as has been the case during the ice winter of 1978/79 when she kept free the fairways to/from the Kiel Canal at Kiel.
The vessel is seen here in the Kiel Canal shortly after her sale in the late 1990s under her new name ASKLIPIOS, en route to the warmer climes of the Med.
For further details of her fate please see reply by msvnordica below.

Photo by Oliver Sesemann
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Hanse (Until 1998 May)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Icebreaker
Gross tonnage:2,763 tons
Summer DWT:3,370 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1966
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (4)

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fourat on Jul 04, 2011 22:03 (9 years ago)
Here's some photos of the wreckage near Haouaria (Cap bon/Tunisia):
Klaus on May 29, 2008 13:03 (13 years ago)
The wreckage can be seen on "GoogleEarth" near Cape Bon/Tunesia.
Regards from Hamburg.
Pekka Laakso on Feb 22, 2007 14:31 (14 years ago)
And it was sad to notice that only about a week later after taking your photo, the vessel was destroyed by fire near Gibraltar (if I remember the location right). The vessel was declared total loss and left there as a wreck. Very sad end for a beautiful icebreaker. :-(
Peter Thede on Feb 22, 2007 12:48 (14 years ago)
hi Oliver, top photo, regards peter
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