Posted on January 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A crane collapsed onto the Panama-flagged containership, EVER SUMMIT, at approximately 09:00 LT in the morning of January the 28th while the vessel was docked at the Global Container Terminal in Vancouver.
The ship-to-shore crane collapsed onto the containers onboard the vessel while the ship was berthing at the terminal.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, however, both the vessel and the crane sustained damage, according to Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB).
“The vessel is currently being held alongside with tugs as the crane boom is on top of a container stack at the aft end. While we continue to assess the situation, an exclusion zone has been set up to ensure the safety of all those at the terminal and for any operational impacts. Our primary concern continues to be the safety of our employees and workforce, and all port workers,” said in a statement, Global Container Terminal spokeswoman, Louanne Wong.
According to Miss Wong, two massive floating cranes will be brought in, in order to attempt to lift the collapsed crane.
A 900-ton floating crane known as “The Beast”, was brought in on Tuesday, and a second 600-ton crane is expected to arrive soon.
Together, the two cranes will be used to support the recovery operation.
According to TSB, who is currently in the process of investigating the incident, the Ever Summit struck a gantry crane while berthing.
Thankfully the containers that the crane crashed onto didn’t contain any hazardous cargo.
Currently, vessel operations are on hold at the terminal until the recovery operation concludes.