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z_port.jpg (26656 bytes)Mishap in Port causes Rs. 20 m damage

by Bharatha Malawaraarachchi

A container vessel collided with two gantry cranes in the Jaye Container Terminal at the Colombo Port, causing damage to both cranes on Saturday evening.

"The damage is estimated at around Rs 20 million. Repairs are already underway," a Senior Port official told the Daily News yesterday.

The incident had occurred when the container vessel named "Tiger Stream" from Cochin had unloaded 317 containers at the South Extension of the JCT-4 and was heading towards Unity Pier to load another 175 containers to be shipped to Cochin.

The vessel then collided with the power cables of the two Gantry Cranes causing damage. "The Port's Engineering Division commenced repairs yesterday evening. One crane has been repaired while the other will be ready for operations this evening," the official said.

The Minister of Ports Development, Shipping, Eastern Development and Muslim Religious Affairs Rauff Hakeem visited the terminal where the incident occurred and instructed the authorities to launch a full-scale investigation.

The vessel has been chartered by the "Bengal Tiger Line", a German Shipping Line.

The investigators will look into the cause of the incident and seek possible measures that could be adopted to prevent similar incidents in the future, the official said.

He also said that the ship will be anchored at the Port until the investigation is over. The damages will be charged from the ship.

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