Crane collapse at Jebel Ali

Industry Database

The recent crane collapse at DP World’s flagship terminal Jebel Ali, has once again thrust the issue of terminal safety into the spotlight.

On 4 May, a CMA CGM container vessel berthing at Terminal 1 collided with the harbour wall striking the leg of a quay crane causing it to fall.  A second crane was also shifted off its rails during the incident but remained upright and stable. 

Although the incident resulted in one moderate and nine minor injuries, there were thankfully no fatalities.

In a statement, DP World said that its “first priority is the safety and wellbeing of our employees and all visitors to the port.”

An investigation is currently underway to establish the cause of the incident.

The collapsed quay crane will be removed following all necessary safety procedures once the investigation has been completed.  The second crane is under assessment for structural integrity and not in use until further notice.

DP World said that all necessary measures were taken to minimise disruption of service to customers during the emergency response activation and during the subsequent investigation phase.


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