Ship Topples Quay Crane at Taiwan’s Keelung Port

 10 Jan 2018 11.26am

A Germany-registered cargo ship, the Hansa Meersburg, has hit and toppled a quay crane at the Port of Keelung in Taiwan.

An investigation led by Taiwan’s Marine Port Bureau (MPB) is underway to understand who is to blame for the vessel striking the crane, valued at more than US$ 6 million, on Monday (January 8, 2017).

In addition to the damage sustained by the crane and the containers in the port, the pier belonging to Taiwan-based United Logistics International suffered a hole three meters wide and two meters deep.

The Focus Taiwan news channel reported that a 62-year-old worker, Chen Lin-tsang, who was handling cargo, suffered minor injury when the ship hit the crane.

Although this is the first vessel collision with a crane in 2018, it is not the first one in the last year.

In 2017, CCTV footage was released and shared that showed the moment the 11,388 TEU CMA CGM Centaurus containership hit a quay crane at Terminal 1 in Jebel Ali Port, Dubai.

This was followed by another high profile crash when COSCO’s general cargo ship Da Zhi collided with a quay crane while berthing at Abidjan Port on the West African Ivory Coast.

Read more: CMA CGM's vessel crash in Jebel Ali was in PTI's top news stories of 2017

  Ports, Shipping