In a second
accident within a fortnight, a crane went up in flames at a cargo handling
berth EQ in Visakhapatnam port in the wee hours of September eighth. The fire
broke out in the engine room of crane belonging to a private company while
unloading urea from a ship at the berth.
circuit said to be the reason behind the fire; extent of damage yet to be
A short circuit was said to be the reason behind
the fire. An alert driver of crane immediately alerted the personnel of fire
department of the port who put out the flames immediately. The total extent of
damage due to fire is yet to be ascertained.
at the berth resumed within hours
According to port officials, operations at the
berth resumed within a few hours after the fire was doused. An enquiry has been
ordered to ascertain the facts.
In the first incident, the Harbor Machine Crane
also belonging to the same private company was damaged when fire broke out in
its engine room at the port on August 26.