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APL container ship crashes into port of Antwerp crane

A HARBOUR crane at the port of Antwerp collapsed after being hit by container vessel APL Mexico City earlier this week

APL container ship crashes into port of Antwerp crane

A HARBOUR crane at the port of Antwerp collapsed after being hit by container vessel APL Mexico City earlier this week

11 December 2019 - 19:00

A HARBOUR crane at the port of Antwerp collapsed after being hit by container vessel APL Mexico City earlier this week.

The 2014-built, 9,326-TEU APL Mexico City was reported to have drifted as her mooring broke due to strong wing, sending her crashing onto the crane at DP World's Antwerp Gateway terminal, according to Seatrade Maritime News of Colchester, UK.



Some reports said tugboats had tried in vain to stop the container vessel and the crew were also unable to control the box ship in time.



The crane was not manned at the time of the accident and no injuries were reported.



Singapore's Splash 247 reported that the collapse of the crane forced a complete closure of the terminal.



With quay cranes tumbling around the world in the last couple of years insurer TT Club has been keeping a tally on the damage done.



TT Club claims analysis continue to flag quay crane issues as giving rise to the highest cost incidents for ports and terminal operators. Remarkably as of November last year, TT Club had handled 325 cases of crane collisions in the previous 10 years.


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