Ports & Ships Maritime News

Jan 30, 2009
Author: Terry Hutson



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    Richards Bay appliance collapses across ship

    A boom on the Hitachi pneumatic discharge appliance at the Richards Bay Dry Bulk Terminal at berth 609 collapsed suddenly yesterday afternoon (Thursday), falling across the vessel it was helping discharge a cargo of alumina.

    Fortunately there were no injuries to anyone working nearby but damage to the Hitachi appears to be substantial, with the boom a likely write-off.

    The ship, the Japanese bulker BLUMENAU (38,530-gt, built 2000) received damage to the ship’s hatch cover and hatch coaming, while the stevedores’ payloader was also damaged when some pipes fell on it. The ship’s hold had already been emptied so no damage to cargo occurred.

    However, the ship was due to move across to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal to begin loading coal and this will now have to be delayed while she is moved to a laybye berth to enable repairs to be undertaken.

    Yesterday afternoon Transnet Port Terminals Dry Bulk Terminal had taken one of the cranes being used to dismantle the old Demag, which is on the end of berth 609, to get the damaged boom off the ship.

    Initial indications suggest that the accident was a result of brake failure which led to the boom falling. There have been repeated allegations of insufficient maintenance with the port equipment but this cannot be positively identified as leading to the accident.

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