Faulty crane design caused HSL mishap that killed 10 in Vizag: Report

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  11 Aug 2020 5:05 PM GMT
Faulty crane design caused HSL mishap that killed 10 in Vizag: Report

Visakhapatnam: The committee that was looking into the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) crane mishap that left 10 people dead earlier this month, in its report submitted on 11 August said that the faulty design of the crane had led to the accident.

The five-member committee, comprising professors of Andhra University Engineering College, was formed by the Vizag district administration.

HSL is the nation’s premier shipbuilding organisation involved in shipbuilding, ship repairs, submarine construction for the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard, and refits as well as design and construction of sophisticated state-of-the-art offshore and onshore structures.

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According to the committee's report, the crane was designed and manufactured by Anupam Industries Limited Engineering Works. The HSL had procured the crane a few years ago but Anupam Industries had refused to install it without payment of the bills. HSL's attempts to put the crane on trial failed two times due to the absence of HSL engineers at the site.

HSL then hired Greenfield Engineers to install the crane but the inquiry report revealed that no agency was certified for the trial run. The bearings of the crane wheels were also weak which led the crane to tilt to one side.

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Meanwhile, experts are of the view that Andhra University professors who have no practical experience in cranes may not be correct in their findings. They felt that the government should have hired experts from the Navy, shipyard, and ports who work with cranes on a daily basis.

Another inquiry report by an HSL director is yet to be released. The one-man committee was appointed by the ministry of defense under which the shipyard functions.

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