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Crane topples at Vancouver container terminal

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WATCH: A crane has toppled on to some containers at the Port of Vancouver Monday morning. Amber Belzer is live in the chopper with the latest details – Jan 28, 2019

The main container terminal at the Port of Vancouver remains closed after a crane came down on a vessel Monday morning.

A spokesperson for GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. confirmed to Global News that during berthing Monday morning, at around 4 a.m., a vessel came into contact with a GCT Vanterm ship-to-shore crane.

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Crane topples at Port of Vancouver – Jan 28, 2019

The vessel is still being held alongside with tugs as the crane boom is now on top of a container stack toward the rear of the ship.

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Since Monday, GCT’s engineering and maintenance teams, together with external engineering contractors have been working to gain a complete understanding of the incident and activate a recovery plan.

On Jan. 28, a 900-tonne floating crane, called The Beast, was brought in. A second 600-tonne crane, called the Artic Tuk, arrived Tuesday.

The floating cranes will work together to support recovery operations.

GCT says an exclusion zone has been set up to ensure the safety of everyone at the terminal and for any operational impacts.

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“Our primary concern continues to be the safety of our employees and workforce, and all port workers,” reads the statement.

All vessel operations at GCT Vanterm are on hold while crews work to analyze any possible problems. However, the rail and truck gate operations continue to be live.

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Crane collapses at Vancouver port – Jan 28, 2019

The vessel is the MV Ever Summit, which departed from the port of Ningbo-Zhoushan in China on Jan. 13.

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A GCT spokesperson said none of the containers in question contained hazardous cargo.

Transport Canada said “there have been no reports of injuries on board the vessel or ashore, nor any reports of pollution.”

Transport Canada Marine Safety Inspectors have now completed a safety inspection on board the container ship. Survey reports will be submitted to Transport Canada for review and approval prior to the vessel departing from Vancouver.

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