Ouch! Heavy lift over Rhine goes wrong

Posted: August 3, 2015 by tchannon in Uncategorized

Cranes on a pontoon lfiting a road section toppled, flattening residential housing in Alphen aan den Rijn

Video footage.


I hope there was no injury or death, too early to know.

Post by Tim

  1. oldbrew says:

    tc: it’s a canal, not the Rhine itself. This report says there may be injuries.


    The second video in that report shows a crane landed on top of a house, made a big mess of it.

  2. Richard111 says:

    Sort of thing that happens in a tourist boat. They all run to one side to see the whale or what ever and whoops! I’m surprised the Germans allowed that to happen. Those two cranes should have been nearer the centreline of that barge.

  3. Cranes traps in Alphen aan den Rijn, casualties unclear

    When hoisting a new bridge deck of the Juliana Bridge in Alphen aan den Rijn, two construction cranes toppled. The cranes have ended up with the bridge deck at least two shops and several houses. It is not clear whether and how many victims there are. A special team searches through the rubble at the moment.

    One man has been rescued from the rubble. He has problems with his hip, further about his condition unknown. A dog has not survived the accident. Initially, the animal could be heard under the rubble but the fire department has confirmed that the pet is deceased.

  4. OK, I’ve been looking to see what on earth went wrong. It seems to me the cranes were on separate barges and that as the load shifted the barges tilted with the far one moving much more than the nearer one. This tilt brought the load far too quickly across and this caused the far one to tilt massively, screwing the load. We then start hearing hawsers breaking and then it just goes catastrophically wrong, with the cranes loads on the wrong side of the barge, the the load comes out the slings and everything goes one way.

  5. JKrob says:

    The cranes should not have been on a standard barge attempting to transfer such a large load in the first place. Ships & purpose built barges to do this kind of work have the ability to take on/shift around/or expel water in voids to maintain the platform stability while the load moves around. If you can’t maintain a stable platform as the load moves, the motion of the load will dictate where your platform will go & the cranes are along for the ride…till they go out of their operation limit…and fail. It’s all down hill from there.

  6. Richard111 says:

    Latest news is that this accident occurred in the Netherlands, not Germany!
    22 people injured. Only death so far seems to be of a dog.

  7. Vermeer says:

    This “Canal” is a former course / path of the Rhine , in Dutch “De Oude Rijn”, (The Old Rhine), as it was in Roman times and is littered with Roman fortications . It runs through Alphen aan de Rijn and ends in Katwijk aan de Rijn, where the “Brittenburg” a Roman fortification was last seen some 500 years ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittenburg

  8. tchannon says:

    I knew it was the old Rhine when I posted the article but not the Roman history which as a Brit I don’t associate with the low countries, to put an older term on it.

    The map shown via Wikipedia is a surprise

  9. Adam Gallon says:

    Only death confirmed is that of an unfortunate dog. About 20 injured people.