June 4, 2021
OOCL Durban Destroys Two Cranes at Kaohsiung Port
An OOCL-operated boxship has initiated a massive container crane collapse at the Taiwanese port of Kaohsiung.
The 8,540-teu neo-panamax OOCL Durban initially collided with the 2,940-teu YM Constancy before its accommodation unit hit a crane causing it to collapse and topple another nearby crane.
One shore worker was injured in the incident and two crane operators were trapped in the debris. The crane operators were freed after an hour and are understood to be safe.
The incident is likely to add to significant delays to the container trades. The world’s container ports are already experiencing congestion caused by high cargo volumes and, previously, the grounding of the 20,388-teu Ever Given in the Suez Canal on 23 March.
(Source: Trade Winds)