Two cranes brought in to Vancouver port for crane recovery effort
A gantry crane collapsed across a ship's containers after being struck. A recovery plan has been activated
VANCOUVER – It’s going to take two large floating cranes to try to lift another crane that collapsed over a container vessel at the Port of Vancouver early Monday.
Louanne Wong, director of communications with Global Container Terminals Vanterm, says a 900-ton floating crane known as The Beast was brought in Monday and a second 600-ton crane arriving Tuesday will be used together to support the recovery operation.
The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident where it says the ship the Ever Summit struck a gantry crane while berthing and both the vessel and crane sustained damage.
The crane collapsed across the ship’s containers, and Wong says they have confirmed that none of the damaged containers contain hazardous cargo.
She says engineering and maintenance teams along with external engineering contractors have been working to gain an understanding of the incident and to activate a recovery plan.
Vessel operations are still on hold at the Vanterm terminal, but Wong says rail and truck-gate operations are operating.