Ship sends massive crane crashing down after collision at Taiwanese port

3 June 2021, 13:04

A massive crane toppled over at a port in Taiwan
Taiwan Crane Collapse. Picture: PA

The crane hit a neighbouring crane and then a stack of shipping containers.

A large cargo ship has hit a tall overhead crane in a Taiwanese port, sending it smashing into another crane and then into a pile of shipping containers.

One worker at the port was sent to hospital for a cut on his arm.

The 86,000-ton vessel, which belongs to Orient Overseas (International), a Hong Kong shipping company, was preparing to dock at a port in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan when it hit the crane, the port management company said.

Port workers view the scene after the crane toppled over
Port workers view the scene after the crane toppled over (Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd/ via AP)

The site of the accident has been sealed off, the state-run Taiwan International Ports Corp said in a statement.

The crane fell slowly at first, and then quickly, hitting a neighbouring crane and then a stack of shipping containers which tumbled to the ground.

Workers ran quickly from the area in videos widely circulated on social media.

By Press Association