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Giant MSC boxship takes out crane at Valencia

A crane operator was injured yesterday when part of the arm of a crane fell into the waters of the Port of Valencia after yet another containership collision.

The giant 23,000 MSC Mia swiped the crane as it was manouvering in the Spanish port. The crane operator averted other casualties by quickly warning workers nearby that the crane had been damaged.

The crane operator suffered a cut on his head and has broken several ribs, but is out of danger.

Local reports suggest part of the ship’s bridge became entangled with a crane cable. The port is working on the removal of the remains of the crane.

Crane accidents from allisions with containerships have become very common in recent years.

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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