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Ship involved in dramatic Dubai crane collision now en route to Asia

Ship involved in dramatic Dubai crane collision now en route to Asia

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Investigations continue into last Thursday’s dramatic crane crash at DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali terminal. A spokesperson for CMA CGM, the French containerline involved in the dramatic incident that saw one crane obliterated and another knocked out of position, has provided Splash with details of the accident.

On May 4, the 11,356 teu CMA CGM Centaurus came into contact with the quay wall in Jebel Ali during manoeuvers, while being assisted by a pilot and two tugboats, causing one gantry crane on the port to collapse in spectacular fashion. Fortunately no one was killed with just 10 minor injuries reported.

A spokesperson for CMA CGM told Splash that no crew on its ship were injured in the incident. The ship did suffer unspecified damages and beyond the crane collapse, the quayside also suffered damage. No pollution was reported and after four days the ship was patched up and left for Qatar. It has since headed to Saudi Arabia.

“The company is cooperating with the local authorities, and all relevant stakeholders have been informed,” the spokesperson added.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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