Exclusive: DPW Quay Crane Collapses After Ship Collision


DP World has confirmed that an incident has taken place at Terminal 1 in Jebel Ali Port, Dubai, after a CMA CGM container vessel collided with the harbour wall and struck the leg of a quay crane, causing it to fall. 

Footage of the incident has been released which shows that the 11,388 TEU CMA CGM Centaurus containership was berthing at the time of the accident

The collision also caused a second crane to shift off its rails, but it has remained upright and is in a “stable” condition, according to DP World.  

Port Technology contacted a source who shared the images (see below).

DP World said in a statement: “Our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of our employees and all visitors to the port. 

“DP World’s terminal safety teams responded immediately to the incident and head office global safety teams joined them on site within five minutes. 

“Working with external emergency response teams, the area was evacuated and an exclusion zone created. 

“Safety drones were also deployed to survey the area, locate anyone in need of medical assistance and to ensure the safety of the responding crews.”



The incident resulted in one moderate and nine minor injuries, but no fatalities.

Medical treatment for all minor injuries was received at the DP World Medical Clinic at the terminal. 

The man with a moderate injury, a fractured arm and leg, was taken to hospital and is currently in a stable condition.

An investigation is currently underway to establish the cause of the incident. 



The collapsed quay crane will be removed following all necessary safety procedures once the investigation has been completed. 

The second crane is under assessment for structural integrity and not in use until further notice.

All necessary measures were taken to minimise disruption of service to customers during the emergency response activation and in the subsequent investigation phase.

DP World added: “We thank the CMA CGM crew, external emergency response services and the DP World safety and operations teams and who worked together, ensuring no serious injuries and no fatalities.”


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