Monday, May 8, 2017

Incident at Container Port Jebel Ali Leaves Ten Injured as Cargo Ship Strikes Quay

Giant French Box Vessel Knocks Crane Over in Accidental Collision
Shipping News Feature
DUBAI – DP World has confirmed that ten workers have suffered injuries after a CMA CGM container vessel collided with the harbour wall at the Port of Jebel Ali, striking the leg of a quay crane causing it to fall. According to DP World, one person suffered a fractured arm and leg, requiring hospital treatment, whilst the other nine suffered minor injuries that were treated at the port medical facility. The incident, involving the CMA CGM Centaurus, a 11,388 TEU box ship, occurred on Thursday, 4 May at Terminal 1 and is being examined by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). A second crane was also shifted off its rails during the event but remained upright and stable. In a statement DP World said:

“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.

“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. 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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