April 7 2020
The accident occurred yesterday, April 6, when the container ship Milano Bridge was trying to dock at quay No. 7 of the new Busan terminal, the fifth largest container port in the world.
While the port pilot was at the controls of the sea giant, the lateral approach to the quay appeared to have been a little too fast and the angle too steep, so that the overhang of the stern swept the quay, taking with it a giant gantry crane N°85 which collapsed on the deck of the ship.
The out-of-control vessel then struck the container carrier Seaspan Ganges, alongside the quay, while derailing two other gantry cranes, Nos. 81 and 84.
The reasons for this accident are not known, as an investigation has been opened and no injuries were reported.
Built in 2018, the Milano Bridge is a container ship 366 m long and 51 m wide, with a gross tonnage of 150,700 tonnes. Registered in Panama, the Milano Bridge has a carrying capacity of 13900 boxes.