Giant Crane Collapses

An investigation has been launched after a CMA CGM containership struck a ship-to-shore crane while berthing at Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates, causing the giant to collapse. 

The UK-flagged CMA CGM Centaurus contacted the quay while berthing at Jebel Ali on Thursday, May 4, causing the crane to collapse suddenly. A second crane was also shifted off its rails during the incident but remained upright and stable.

Amazingly there were no serious injuries even though there were many workers around at the time of the incident. 

The dramatic incident was caught on video (tip keep your eyes locked on the top right hand side of the video):


DP World confirmed the incident at its Jebel Ali Port, Terminal 1.

As many as 10 people were injured in the incident, however none seriously. 

There was no reported pollution, but damage has been sustained to the ship, the quay and two shore cranes, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch said. The MAIB has launched an investigation into 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,” DP World said in a statement on Monday. 

The 11,388 teu CMA CGM Centaurus was delivered in 2011 by Hyundai Heavy Industries. 


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Image credit: DP World