Crane Collapses in Heap of Metal at Port Elizabeth, South Africa

port elizabeth crane collapse
Photo: Gary Bowler

A large gantry crane at South Africa’s Port Elizabeth collapsed in heap of metal during strong winds Tuesday morning.

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority said the crane collapsed on a quayside of the Port Elizabeth Container Terminal during winds of 50 knots.

The collapsed resulted in damage but no injuries were reported, Transnet confirmed. It said an engineering team assessing extent of damage.

The incident occurred as the container ship Anna Elisabeth was docked nearby, however the vessel was not impacted. 

We are told an investigation is looking into whether human error may have been a factor in the incident.

Port Elizabeth is one of seven South African commercial ports operated by Transnet Port Terminals.