Port of Taiwan crash drops cargo containers, workers run to safety (video)


A container ship crashed into a crane at a port in Taiwan on Thursday, damaging a second crane, tumbling heavy freight containers onto a dock and prompting workers to run to safety, video shows.

The incident occurred around noon at a port in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, according to The Maritime Executive.

A crane operator was hospitalized after the accident, while two other workers had to be extricated from the wreckage, the media reported.

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Video of the incident was posted online by Odomankoma Maritime News.

The container ship, called OOCL Durban, appeared to approach the quay too close to the container crane, prompting port authorities to issue repeated radio warnings – but no one on the ship responded before the crash, reported The Maritime Executive.

The Durban quickly wiped out a moored ship and cut the crane, setting off a chain reaction of tumbling containers and other damage, according to the report. No less than 50 containers were damaged, according to port officials.

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The hospitalized crane operator suffered cuts to his arm and foot and was examined for internal injuries, the report said. The trapped workers were reportedly unharmed.

The Durban finally docked at the berth to which it was originally assigned, reported The Maritime Executive. Authorities planned to have the vessel checked by divers.

Damage to the two cranes involved in the incident was estimated at tens of millions of dollars, according to the report.

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