UAE-based DP World has confirmed that the recent incident at Terminal 1 of Dubai's Jebel Ali Port reported no fatalities.
However, ten people sustained injuries during the accident at the DP World-run terminal, which was reportedly caused by a CMA CGM-operated container vessel colliding with the terminal's harbour wall during berthing.
The collision saw the vessel strike the leg of a quay crane, which then fell down due to the impact. A second crane was also moved off its rails during the incident but ultimately remained upright and stable.
DP World said in a statement: “DP World’s terminal safety teams responded immediately to the incident and head office global safety teams joined them on site within five minutes. Working with external emergency response teams, the area was evacuated and an exclusion zone was 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 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.”
An investigation is currently underway establish the cause of the incident, and DP World plans to remove the collapsed quay crane following the completion of the inquiry.
Jebel Ali Port’s Terminal 1 is capable of handling nine million twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) of cargo and is spread across an area of 2,057,904m².