SW8232 : Dry Docks Falmouth - collapsed crane

taken 2 years ago, near to Falmouth, Cornwall, Great Britain

Dry Docks Falmouth - collapsed crane
Dry Docks Falmouth - collapsed crane
I hadn't realised it at the time but this crane's rather crumpled jib was due to an unexpected collapse. Presumably the luffing rope or its attachments had failed. Fortunately there was no damage to the RFA vessel in the dry dock. The accident had happened on 10th May 2017 and the docks had been initially evacuated as the jib landed on 10 acetylene cylinders giving rise to concerns of a possible explosion. A fire fighter suffered minor injuries while assessing the scene. Nobody else was hurt.

The vessel is the brand new Royal Fleet Auxiliary Vessel Tidespring. She is the first of four Tide class tankers and was built in South Korea. She is undergoing customisation work in Falmouth and is expected to enter service before the end of 2017. She is of 39,000 tonnes and can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,300 cubic metres of fresh water. She is of the latest MARPOL compliant twin hull design and the new fleet replaces the RFA's obsolete single hull vessels. Propulsion is by medium speed diesels in a CODELOD (combined diesel electric or diesel) system to allow efficient operation across a wide speed range.

By 2018 the wrecked crane had been swept away.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 23 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 21 July, 2018
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Docks, Harbours 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SW 8200 3247 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:9.1270N 5:3.1798W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SW 8201 3236
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