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Vanterm crane collapses on 7,024-TEU Ever Summit in Vancouver


LOCAL port operator GCT Vanterm's crane collapsed on the 7,024-TEU Ever Summit in the Port of Vancouver, reported American Shipper.

No injuries were reported in the incident, but the crane and the ship and cargo were damaged in the accident which took place about 4am.

Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said the ship struck the ship-to-shore crane while berthing, 'partly crushing containers on the vessel's deck'.Two tugs were holding the ship against the dock to prevent it from shifting, which could cause more damage, said Vanterm spokeswoman Louanne Wong, reported The Canadian Press.

'As soon as the damaged crane is removed and the terminal is safe, the containership will begin cargo-handling operation, undergo full inspection and receive necessary repairs,' said Evergreen Line.

But removing of the crane would take time, said Joe Spears, managing director of Horseshoe Bay Marine Group.

'To get that off there you're probably going to have to bring in a large floating crane or a shore-based crane,' he said. 'A container crane can only lift 40 tons, so you're going to have to cut that up. That might be weeks.'

Vancouver-based GCT Global Container Terminals is responsible for running both GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport.