Dock crane collapseA dockside crane collapsed across the container ship NYK Themis berthed at Southampton on July 13. The crane, a twin boom rig with the cab suspended on rails, failed at both uprights and collapsed onto containers on the ship below.

The incident occurred at around 0530 hours at Berth 205. All four emergency services were in attendance. The Coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent was scrambled to attend to begin searching from the air for any missing people from the crew or dock personnel.

The Southampton Coastguard Rescue Team also proceeded to the scene and marked out a potential landing site for the helicopter.

The Fire and Rescue Service extricated the injured crane driver from the cab and placed him on a spinal board. Then using a winch, the helicopter lifted him from the the crash site to the dockside where an ambulance took him to hospital by road. The crane driver suffered serious injuries including broken legs. The following day, the hospital said his condition was The collapsed crane across the containers. “serious but stable”.

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - September 2009 Issue