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Containership veers off course and collapses gantry crane at Port of Kaohsiung

Containership veers off course and collapses gantry crane at Port of Kaohsiung
The collapsed crane

An empty containership has collided with a stationary vessel at the Port of Kaohsiung, completely collapsing a gantry crane (GC8) and severely damaging a second, adjacent gantry crane (GC6).

The M.V:OOCL Durban, chartered by Orient Overseas (International) Limited, was on its way toward its assigned berth Wharf No.66 when it knocked the M/V:Yung Hung docked at Wharf No. 70.

While the M/V:Yung Hung suffered minor damage, the collapse of GC8 not only impacted the nearby GC6 but also damaged 30-50 containers, cut the arm of a GC8 crane operator and temporarily trapped two GC6 maintenance staff.

The GC8 crane operator was rushed to Yuan’s General Hospital for treatment while the two GC6 maintenance staff were rescued without physical injury.

The original construction cost of the two affected gantry cranes is approximately NT$600m (US$22m).

The estimated value of the loss to the affected containers remains to be investigated.

An area cantered on the collapsed gantry cranes at Wharf No. 70 has been sealed off while the M/V:OOCL Durban has successfully docked at Wharf No. 66, currently awaiting the arrival of investigators from relevant agencies.

Loading/Offloading operations have been suspended at Wharf No. 70.

During this period, the Port of Kaohsiung shall coordinate with all of the port’s container yards to ensure this incident does not impact berth utilisation or the normal handling of inbound/outbound container traffic at the port.

In a statement, OOCL noted that the third party shipowner has confirmed that no damage to the vessel’s hull has been observed from a preliminary inspection.