Crane collapses onto ship in Vancouver, terminal temporarily closed

A crane collapsed onto cargo ship Ever Summit (IMO 9300453) during the morning of January 28th at the Global Container Terminal in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The ship was docking upon its arrival from Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China. The boom of the crane became draped across the vessel, along with several crushed containers which had been stacked at the ship’s stern. Stairways and walkways at the top of the crane have were torn from their mounts and a large tubular arm was folded over on itself. Two tugs were holding the ship against the dock to ensure she did not shift. This could have caused further damage as the collapsed boom was resting on the vessel’s container cargo. An exclusion zone has been set up to manage the scene. No one was injured. Damage assessment has started. By Tuesday January 29th two floating cranes were being deployed to try to move the collapsed crane. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the incident, said in initial comments that the ship struck a gantry crane while berthing. Vessel operations were still on hold at the Global Container Terminals Vanterm facility, although rail and truck-gate operations are operating.

2007-built, Panama-flagged, 75,246 gt Ever Summit is owned by Yamasa New Pulsar V SA care of manager Evergreen Line (Taiwan) of Taoyuan City, Taiwan. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Evergreen International SA. Gard AS is also lead on H&M WAR and H&M on behalf of Evergreen Marine Corp (Taiwan).