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Ships sink in Montevideo Port dock collapse

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Saturday, December 10, 2022, 07:00 (GMT + 9)

A floating dock of the Tsakos Industrias Navales S.A. company in the port of Montevideo, where five ships were under repair, collapsed and two cranes fell into the water Thursday, leading to the partial sinking of three vessels, it was reported.

 Port Captain, Ricardo Della Santa said that for reasons “not yet defined” the dock belonging to the company Tsakos “began to take on water and flood its bow,” which triggered the collapse of “two cranes that operate on each of the bands of the dock.”

Foto: courtesy El Pais

One of the cranes reportedly cut the floating dock's electrical power supply cable, which “prevented the floating dock from using its pumps to correct the situation that was occurring and, therefore, the floating dock ended up being completely flooded and going to the sunken position,” Della Santa also explained.

At the time of this incident, there were five ships under repair on the dock's plateau, three of which had “their live work open, that is, repairs in the submerged part of the hull,” which caused them to also flood and end up semi-sunken, Della Santa elaborated. The other two boats under repair were left afloat and “removed from the dock,” he added.

Photo: courtesy El Pais

According to Uruguayan media, the National Ports Administration (ANP) confirmed that none of the workers present were injured, although 40 of them needed to be rescued by firefighters and other first responders.

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