Posted on June 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Hapag-Lloyd owned, German-flagged Container Ship, Nagoya Express collided with a gantry crane on June the 7th while attempting to unmoor from the Hai Phong International Container Terminal, Vietnam.
According to a statement released by a Port Administration official, Vu Tu Nam, the vessel was in the process of exiting the terminal when the collision occurred. It was being assisted by a local navigator, Tran Anh, who was piloting the ship at the time.
The bow of the Nagoya Express proceeded to ram squarely against the crane, causing extensive structural damage in the process.
The gantry crane, whose value is estimated at $5 million, has experienced a bend due to the collision and the Hai Phong Port Authority has been forced to use supporting pillars to keep it from collapsing.
We don’t currently know what events led to the accident, but the investigation is still ongoing. The pilot in question has been suspended pending the result of the investigation.
There is no information currently on the extent of the damages on the vessel if any.
The Nagoya Express is still detained in Hai Phong as of writing but has since then been moved to the Port’s Outer Anchorage.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic