• Short Summary

    A Chinese bulk grain ship crashed into a jetty in a key South Australian grain terminal on Tuesday (25 October), causing a million dollars' worth of damage and seriously affecting Australia's wheat export programme.

  • Description

    A Chinese bulk grain ship crashed into a jetty in a key South Australian grain terminal on Tuesday (25 October), causing a million dollars' worth of damage and seriously affecting Australia's wheat export programme.

    SYNOPSIS: From the air, the wreckage resembled a train crash. Wharf workers ran for their lives as 200 metres of gantry used for loading grain collapsed when the unladen 25,000 tonne vessel rammed itself three metres deep into the jetty. The conveyor belt system toppled from 12 metre high supports and crashed onto an office, workshop, canteen and three parked cars. But the ship itself was hardly damaged.

    The ship was on its first trip to South Australia where it was scheduled to load 20,000 tonnes of wheat for China. Its master said the accident happened because of a mechanical failure which made the vessel slow to respond. A gang of labourers was standing on the Wharf at the time, but they were on a cleared section. They were not injured. The ship has now been detained -- and it will not be allowed to leave until a million-dollar deposit has been paid to the South Australian Government to cover the damage. Meanwhile, thousands of tonnes of export grain will be held up because it is thought that repairs to the grain terminal will take at least six months to complete.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABUQJ1S76AOTRVSQNJTDNTL959
    Media URN:
    VLVABUQJ1S76AOTRVSQNJTDNTL959
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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