Watch: Dramatic footage of Taiwan crane collapse
A Taiwanese port witnessed chaotic scenes on Thursday after a large freighter hit a large overhead crane and then crashed into a pile of shipping containers. Video of the incident has gone viral on social media.
The 86,000-ton container ship, OOCL Durban, owned by Orient Overseas (International) Ltd., a Hong Kong shipping company, was about to dock at a port in Kaohsiung. The empty container ship collided with a stationary ship at the site as well as a huge gantry crane on the same dock.
As a result, the massive crane first tilted slowly and crashed, hitting a nearby crane, which then collapsed into a stack of shipping containers. Videos captured by many onlookers at the busy harbor showed people running away from the crane as it fell.
According to Taiwan News, a 58-year-old dock worker “suffered a laceration in his right arm”. He was rushed to hospital for examination and treatment and the report added that he was conscious. The report adds that two engineers – identified as Lin and Yang – were also trapped inside the crane.
The duo, however, were rescued using a 60-meter mast-type jib crane, UDN reported. Both staff members managed to escape unscathed.
The state-owned Taiwan International Ports Corp. Ltd said in a statement that the crash site had been cordoned off and “loading / unloading operations were suspended at Pier 70”, where the stationary vessel was moored.
“The initial construction cost of the two gantry cranes involved is approximately NT $ 600 million (total). The estimated value of the loss of the affected containers remains to be investigated, ”the statement added.