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14 April 2024

DP World confirms no fatalities at Jebel Ali Port crane ‘incident’

By Staff

DP World has confirmed an ‘incident’ occurred on Thursday, 4 May at Jebel Ali Port, Terminal 1, which resulted in 10 people sustaining injuries; however, no fatalities have been reported.

The incident occurred when a container vessel collided with the harbor wall, causing the quay crane to fall, while a second crane was also unhinged.

DP World has further stated the injuries ranged from ‘moderate’ to ‘minor’, with nine workers receiving medical treatment on site, while one was transferred to a hospital after sustaining a fractured arm and leg.

The port authority has further confirmed the incident is currently under investigation.

In its statement, DP World said: “While berthing, a CMA CGM container vessel collided with the harbor wall striking the leg of a quay crane causing it to fall.  

“A second crane was also shifted off its rails during the incident but remained upright and stable.”

Terminal safety teams were dispatched to the site, following the incident.

The statement further said: “Working with external emergency response teams, the area was evacuated and an exclusion zone created.  

“Safety drones were also deployed to survey the area, locate anyone in need of medical assistance and to ensure the safety of the responding crews.”

The authority added: “The incident resulted in one moderate and nine minor injuries, but thankfully no fatalities.

“Medical treatment for all minor injuries was received at the DP World Medical Clinic at the terminal, while the gentleman with the moderate injury, a fractured arm and leg, was taken to hospital and is currently in a stable condition.”

The collapsed quay crane will be removed following all necessary safety procedures, according to DP World, adding that the second crane is under assessment for structural integrity and not in use until further notice.

It added that necessary measures have been taken to minimise disruption of service to customers during the emergency response activation and in the subsequent investigation phase.