Crane collapse at Hoboken dry dock


At about 1:20pm, it was reported that a crane collapsed at the Union Dry Dock & Repair facility on Sinatra Drive.

hoboken dry dock crane collapse august 21 2008 1a - Crane collapse at Hoboken dry dock

One person fell in the water, but no serious injuries were reported. The worker was taken to HUMC for observation. There was also concern that the crane (engine still running) may have leaked some kind of fuel in the water, in addition to the piles of debris.

Regardless, the whole gang is involved. New York Harbor Patrol, Hoboken Marine One, Hoboken Fire, Hoboken Police, three ambulances, and building inspector are now on the scene.

I wonder if they can deem the facility “unsafe” to pave way for more high-rise condos!?


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Friday, August 22, 2008 12:25 pm

Elvis is right- more dependent on trucks and cars, and more likely that one day when people move out of the cities they will be living on landfills, because there is no maritime industry to take care carting away garbage. Most people dont realize that their yuppie trash is taken away on barges that are repaired and built in these such places every day. Everything you buy in the store comes from overseas- they come on tankers into ports like elizabeth and newark, and then on barages. The dry dock is not in anyones way, and is a reminder of all the indusrty that was around prior to the “take-over” of hoboken. I am sure one day it will close- and it will be a sad day- but until then… stop your whining and be a bit appreciative.

Thursday, August 21, 2008 11:18 pm

actually there’s no room left on the waterfront. NY Waterway spent a couple years looking for a new place for all their ferries and maintenance facility as they and Roseland have built condos pretty much right up to next door. In the last 5 years about 3 different drydock and ship repair places from Perth Amboy to Red Hook have been bought up for “higher and better” (read: more lucrative) uses. Union Dry dock is THE LAST such repair facility on the Hudson south of the Tappan Zee Bridge, on either side.

just last month NYC released a report that said as many as 32 NEW dry docks are needed in and around NYC over the next 20 years to help address the maintenance needs of all the tugs, barges, cranes (ouch!) and other working vessels. Once these working waterfront uses become residential, they will never become maritime again. As these facilities dry up, it only will make us MORE DEPENDENT on trucks and cars for getting around…

Thursday, August 21, 2008 7:37 pm

As a federal agent, I must say it’s pretty bad that the local building inspector has a better cop car! But it sounds like he sees a lot more action….

Thursday, August 21, 2008 6:01 pm

[quote]There was also concern that the crane (engine still running) may have leaked some kind of fuel in the water, in addition to the piles of debris.[/quote]

I hope the fishermen on pier A got the word. They say oily fish is good for the heart, but there are no Omega 3’s in the Diesil slick. Ha ha.

Thursday, August 21, 2008 4:31 pm

This story actually made it onto CNN, which is how I first learned about it.

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