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Containership Hits Keelung Port’s Gantry Crane

Monday, 22 January 2018 02:35

A German-flagged container ship, Hansa Meersburg, crashed into a gantry crane as it was berthing at Taiwan’s Keelung Port on Monday night.

The port operator said the 175 m-long container ship was trying to berth at Terminal 11 when it hit the TWD100 million (USD3.3 million) gantry crane, causing it to collapse.

A worker suffered "'moderate" injuries and more than 80 boxes on the container ship were damaged.

The port authorities immediately launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.A statement said investigators sealed off the scene around the terminal to gather evidence and avoid any oil leak caused by the collision.

The collapsed gantry crane will be removed following the necessary safety procedures and the container ship is not allowed to leave the port before the initial investigation is completed.

IHS Markit Maritime AIS tracking data showed that Hansa Meersburg was sailing from Xiamen, China, on 8 January 2018, to Osaka in Japan.

Hansa Meersburg (1,740 teu) was built by Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in 2007 and is operated by Cheng Lie Navigation, a subsidiary of CMA CGM Holding. It is owned by Germany's Leonhardt and Blumberg, according to IHS Markit’s Maritime Portal.