03 May Crane boom causes fire

A spectacular fire raged last night at Port Said after the 13,100 teu Cosco Hope  hit a gantry crane as it tried to exit the Egyptian port. The crane’s boom fell onto containers on the berth, and local media suggests it also hit a fuel tank. More than 20 containers burned and two people were injured in the accident.

The four-year-old 366 m long ship is on charter to Cosco from Seaspan. It is now moored just outside the port as investigators assess the damage from the incident.

The Suez Canal Authority deployed fire engines and tugs to the scene and the fire was under control by dawn.

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