Crane down in Antwerp


An APL vessel has broken its moorings and hit a crane at DP World’s Antwerp Gateway terminal.

An incident at the Port of Antwerp on 9 December has resulted in a Kalmar STS crane being knocked over by the APL MEXICO CITY.

The APL MEXICO CITY is a 9,200 TEU vessel with a length of 328 m and beam of 46m. The port has not released a statement, but it appears the vessel was berthed at the MPET (PSA-MSC) terminal on the other side of Antwerp’s Deurganckdock when it broke its moorings, drifted across the dock and struck the crane at DP World’s Antwerp Gateway terminal.

The crane is a total wreck. It collapsed like a house of cards

The crane was not operational at the time, although its boom was in the working position. There were no injuries.

The Port of Antwerp quickly deployed tugs and was able to report that ship was brought safely back to the quay soon after. Operations resumed after the winds abated.

The crane itself is a complete loss. It was QC No.2, one of six Kalmar STS cranes that were delivered to Antwerp Gateway in 2005. It does not appear to be one of the three from this series that were raised recently by Kalmar.

The incident occurred in a week where Antwerp has had problems with high winds gusting above 45 knots and difficult weather conditions. Earlier in the week one of the port’s water buses was blown into a structure, injuring 12 people. Read more here  – watch the video here



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