Major Ship-STS Crash at Suez


A major accident has recently taken place at Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) in Port Said after a 368-metre-long APL Temasek mega-ship collided with an STS crane, causing the crane to nearly collapse, with the cost to repair the crane anticipated to reach millions of dollars, according to gCaptain.

APL said in a statement: “APL is presently cooperating with the relevant authorities and stakeholders in damage assessment and in investigating the incident.

“There is some speculation that the vessel may be able to commence discharging work on November 1, 2015 local time.”

The incident occurred on October 27, 2015, with an update released by NYK Lines which stated that the ship was not permitted to move as the crane may collapse.

Local reports have said that the authorities are awaiting the arrival of crane specialists to assess the damage.

There have so far been no reports of pollution or injuries to ship and port staff.

Fact File: APL is one of the world’s leading ocean carriers and provides global container shipping services to over 50 destinations via its global network. APL is a unit of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines.

Fact File: SCCT is capable of handling the largest containerships after its draft was deepened from 15.5 to 16 metres. Phase II of its construction will increase the annual capacity at SCCT to 5.4 million TEU, making it the largest container terminal in the Mediterranean Sea. SCCT opened in 2004 as part of a joint-venture with APM Terminals, whoa re acting as the majority shareholder and operator.

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