Crane removal will take some weeks
While activities of the container company DP World at the Deurganck dock in Doel were resumed, the works to remove the collapsed crane will take a few more weeks. After it was hit by the "APL Mexico City", it collapsed completely. A safety perimeter has now been defined around the site of the accident. On Nov 9 at 10 p.m. handling of ships and trucks was resumed. To keep up, it will be extra busy at the terminal in the coming days. Additional trucks will be handled within the available time slots to make up for the backlog. The removal of the crane was due to start as quickly as possible in collaboration with specialized services, making every effort to minimize the impact on operations. The crane will be replaced in the long term. The 'APL Mexico City' remained moored at quay 1700 until further notice. She left the port again on Dec 15 at 3.40 p.m. after having been unloaded. The ship was headed to Brest where it berthed at the Damen Shiprepair Yard at 4 p.m. She completed its repairs on Jan 20 at 2.30 p.m. and left the port towards the North Atlantic.
DP World resumes operations
After the accident of the 'APL Mexico City' in the Deurganck Dock in the Waasland Port of Antwerp DP World has resumed its operations at the terminal on Dec 10. DP World Antwerp will handle additional trucks within the available time slots to make up for the backlog. The 'APL Mexico City' was docked at PSA on the other side of the dock when it broke loose due to the strong wind and hit a quay crane at DP World. The crane collapsed and ended up partly in the water. The vessel remains docked at DP World until further notice because it suffered damage and must first be repaired. No people were injured during the entire incident. The terminal operator will start work on remove the debris of the crane as soon as possible in collaboration with specialized services. These works may take a few weeks. The affected crane was located on a less intensively used part of the quay and was used for smaller services. DP World made every effort to minimize the impact on operations. The crane will be replaced in the long term.
Gantry crane collapsed after allision
On Dec 9,2019, at 1.45 p.m. the 'APL Mexico City' broke off her moorings at the PSA terminal in the Waasland Port in Antwerp, went adrift and allided with a 43 meters high gantry crane which collapsed. The strong winds had caught the ship after the mooring ropes broke, and it drifted completely to the west side of the dock where the crane of DP World stood at berth 1702. While tugs in vain tried to get the ship under control, it hit a gantry crane on the DP World Pier which collapsed and was totally destroyed, partially ending up in the water with more debris hanging over the quayside. There was no one in the crane except some maintenance crew, but they managed to get away safely. All activities on both sides of the Deurganck dock have been stopped after the accident. The 'APL Mexico City' had arrived at 11.40 a.m. from Hamburg and berthed at the container handling company MPET on quay 1742. Both container handler DP World and CEPA, the employers' organization for port workers, confirmed that there were no injuries. Brabo pilots and port authorities were working to get the ship under control, which succeeded with the assistance of six tugs. The zone of the accident was evacuated. The container ship also came in contact with a jetty at Ineos Phenol, the dolphin in front of the jetty and a green buoy. The buoy was not in place anymore. At 3.40 p.m. the container ship was berthed at the Antwerp Gateway Terminal. It was damaged too and must be repaired before being allowed to sail again. A second ship, the 'MSC Anchorage', was also threatened to break loose. As a precautionary measure, a tug pushed against it to hold the ship at its berth. Reports with photos and video: https://atv.be/nieuws/kraan-valt-neer-door-hevige-wind https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2019/12/09/schip-op-drift-botst-tegen-kraan-in-waaslandhaven/ https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20191209_04758247 https://www.transport-online.nl/site/109852/containerschip-apl-mexico-city-ramt-kraan-in-antwerpse-haven-video/ https://www.hln.be/in-de-buurt/beveren/containerschip-slaat-op-drift-en-ramt-havenkraan-bij-dp-world-onderhoudstechnici-kunnen-tijdig-ontsnappen~a01692c0/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxqWFHdZjro&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxqWFHdZjro&feature=youtu.beUpload News