Crane collapses, damages many containers at Abidjan Port

Crane collapses, damages many containers at Abidjan Port

While docking at the Port of Abidjan’s container terminal on May 18, a cargo vessel hit Pier 21 and collided with a gantry crane, causing it to collapse.

The vessel in question is Da Zhi, according to Blueoceania Incorporated. The 28,000 deadweight multipurpose (MPP) ship is owned by China’s COSCOCS Bulk Shipping. Da Zhi’s AIS data shows it is still moored at Abidjan.

Following the collapse, several containers at the terminal were damaged.

There were no casualties reported, the port said in a statement.

However, the incident caused damage at the terminal where a safety perimeter has been established.

Operations have returned to normal at the container terminal, the statement further reads.

The incident comes several weeks after a CMA CGM container vessel collided with the harbor wall while berthing at Jebel Ali Port, Terminal 1, striking the leg of a quay crane and causing it to fall.

Also in May, another incident occurred when a crane collapsed at the South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), killing six and injuring some 25 workers.