Port Eliizabeth STS gantry crane blown off rails by strong winds

At Port Elizabeth, South Africa, a Transnet Port Terminals ship-to-shore (STS) gantry crane was blown off its rails at the container terminal during the morning of October 30th, ending up partially submerged at the harbour entrance. No employees were injured.

The Port experienced winds in excess of 50 knots.

The crane was secured and a business continuity plan was put into effect,

The port was shut because of the strong winds and because the crane wreckage was lying across part of the entrance channel.

During the evening of November 1st the crane boom was floated, brought alongside and secured to the quay wall of the berth opposite the breakwater in the port entrance channel. The debris on the seabed remained to be removed.

Afinal dive inspection was conducted ahead of the Harbour Master declaring the port safe for shipping from November 1st.

Three pilots, a berthing crew and two tugs were to be deployed to expedite the recovery of the shipping backlog.