Container ship smashes into gantry at South Korean port, bringing two cranes crashing down

Video footage has emerged of a huge container ship crashing into multiple gantry cranes while berthing, bringing two down and damaging another ship.

The major incident saw the Milano Bridge, Panama, attempting to dock at the Port of Busan, in South Korea, on 6 April.

In the dramatic video the Milano is seen sailing quite quickly towards its berthing area.

The more than 365-metre-long vessel is being guided by tug boats working at Busan Port.

However, as it nears its docking station it is clear the Milano is going too quickly and crashes.

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At first impact - the Milano Bridge, Panama, seen here crippling the legs of a large blue crane

At first impact - the Milano Bridge, Panama, seen here crippling the legs of a large blue crane

At first impact – the Milano Bridge, Panama, seen here crippling the legs of a large blue crane

Moments later the first crane falls in spectacular fashion onto the stern of the Milano Bridge

Moments later the first crane falls in spectacular fashion onto the stern of the Milano Bridge

Moments later the first crane falls in spectacular fashion onto the stern of the Milano Bridge

As the Milano Bridge, Panama, continues drifting, the fallen crane is seen tumbling into the dock

As the Milano Bridge, Panama, continues drifting, the fallen crane is seen tumbling into the dock

As the Milano Bridge, Panama, continues drifting, the fallen crane is seen tumbling into the dock

Its rear end veers hard into multiple shoreside gantry cranes, causing at least two to collapse.

The legs of the first crane can be seen being forced backwards causing them to bend and buckle, before the whole thing collapses on the stern of the ship.

The noise when the Milano strikes the crane is tremendous.

In the lead up to when the ship strikes there is a frenzied atmosphere of panic among the Korean dock workers.  

Judging by the angle of the ship it is aware impact is imminent. 

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Moments before impact - the Milano Bridge, Panama, begins to turn away from the shoreline

Moments before impact - the Milano Bridge, Panama, begins to turn away from the shoreline

Moments before impact – the Milano Bridge, Panama, begins to turn away from the shoreline

Too little too late - the Milano Bridge, Panama, strikes the first crane with an almighty crash

Too little too late - the Milano Bridge, Panama, strikes the first crane with an almighty crash

Too little too late – the Milano Bridge, Panama, strikes the first crane with an almighty crash

And the tug boat behind the 13,900 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) container ship is straining to keep it on course.

(Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit or TEU refers to a ship’s cargo carrying capacity).

The footage was captured from at least two vantage points by people standing nearby.  

At least two cranes were impacted by Milano Bridge, along with a second ship, the Seaspan Ganges.

No one was injured. 

Link hienalouca.com

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