Video of the accident, which occurred on 4 May, circulating on the internet shows the 11,356 CMA CGM Centaurus coming in to berth at an angle and the bow of the vessel striking two cranes. Terminal tractors were operating under the cranes at the time and one is shown leaving the area literally seconds before the crane collapses, narrowly missing an operations building. Other pictures show terminal tractors between sections of the collapsed crane that narrowly escaped being crushed.
DPW World issued the following statement:
“DP World confirms that an incident occurred on Thursday, 4 May at Jebel Ali Port, Terminal 1. While berthing, a CMA CGM container vessel collided with the harbour wall striking the leg of a quay crane causing it to fall. A second crane was also shifted off its rails during the incident but remained upright and stable.
“Our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of our employees and all visitors to the port. DP World’s terminal safety teams responded immediately to the incident and head office global safety teams joined them on site within five minutes. Working with external emergency response teams, the area was evacuated and an exclusion zone created. Safety drones were also deployed to survey the area, locate anyone in need of medical assistance and to ensure the safety of the responding crews.
“The incident resulted in one moderate and nine minor injuries, but thankfully no fatalities. Medical treatment for all minor injuries was received at the DP World Medical Clinic at the terminal, while the gentleman with the moderate injury, a fractured arm and leg, was taken to hospital and is currently in a stable condition.
“An investigation is currently underway to establish the cause of the incident. The collapsed quay crane will be removed following all necessary safety procedures once the investigation has been completed. The second crane is under assessment for structural integrity and not in use until further notice.
“All necessary measures were taken to minimise disruption of service to customers during the emergency response activation and in the subsequent investigation phase.
“We thank the CMA CGM crew, external emergency response services and the DP World safety and operations teams and who worked together, ensuring no serious injuries and no fatalities.”