Man hospitalised as straddle carrier topples over at Port Chalmers

Man hospitalised as straddle carrier topples over at Port Chalmers

Dunedin: A crane operator was hospitalised today as a straddle container carrier he was operating fell over. The accident happened around lunchtime at Port Chalmers on New Zealand’s South Island.

“Our immediate concerns are with the driver of the straddle and his family,” the port’s CEO, Geoff Plunket, said. “Latest reports from the hospital are positive.”

Investigations into the accident are underway. The straddle carrier was less than 18 months old, while the weather was described as stable at the time of the accident.

The container terminal will remain closed until Thursday morning.

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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