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Crane crashes down on container ship in Vancouver Harbour

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 | 00:00

A crane crashed down onto a container ship in the Port of Vancouver on Monday morning.

The accident happened at around 4 a.m. at the Global Container Terminal at 1285 Franklin St. Global Container Terminal spokeswoman Louanne Wong said there were no injuries.

In an email to Postmedia News, Wong said the vessel was docking at the facility when it made contact with the ship-to-shore crane.

“The vessel is currently being held alongside with tugs as the crane boom is on top of a container stack at the aft end,” Wong said.

The vessel has been identified as the Ever Summit, a 300-metre container ship out of Panama. It’s owned by the Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine Corporation.

“While we continue to assess the situation, an exclusion zone has been set up to ensure the safety of all those at the terminal and for any operational impacts,” said Wong. “Our primary concern continues to be the safety of our employees and workforce, and all port workers. No vessel operations are active at GCT Vanterm at this moment.”

Danielle Jang of the Port of Vancouver says in a statement that no other operations outside that terminal have been impacted. She said a pilot with B.C. Coast Pilots was aboard the ship involved in the incident.

The port authority is providing incident support to the terminal operator to ensure work resumes in a safe and efficient manner, Jang said.

The Transportation Safety Board is deploying a team of investigators to the Port of Vancouver. The independent agency is tasked with advancing transportation safety and says it does not assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
Source: Canadian Press

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